US flies military plane loaded with German baby formula

A military plane arrived in Indiana with more than 70,000 pounds of formula amid constant shortages

The US military has flown a C-17 plane loaded with 70,000 lb (31,751 kg) of Swiss Nestlé baby formula to Indianapolis from Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the US agriculture secretary told reporters on Sunday. USA, Tom Vilsack. The shipment is part of Operation Fly Formula, the Biden administration’s new program aimed at addressing the massive shortage of baby formula currently plaguing the US.

Speaking to reporters at Indianapolis International Airport, Vilsack praised the delivery, which he said could “caring for 9,000 babies and 18,000 toddlers for a week.” A total of 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of formula are expected to arrive next week.

The US Food and Drug Administration announced it would temporarily allow imports of baby formula from foreign producers on Monday in an effort to ameliorate the shortage, which accelerated in February after supply chain problems from Existing Covid-19 were aggravated by bacterial contamination. at the nation’s largest formula maker, Abbott Labs.

The Biden administration also invoked the Defense Production Act in an effort to bolster the availability of the ingredients needed to produce the formula.

While the Justice Department has since reached a tentative agreement with Abbott to resolve those contamination issues, even if the FDA gives the company the go-ahead to resume manufacturing, it is expected to take eight to 10 weeks to address. national shortage.

Biden is blamed for the shortage of baby formula in the US.

Prices for the prized product have also risen, with the cost rising as much as 18% in the previous year, according to CBS News. However, overall inflation has soared to near-record levels in the US, with most food items and staples like gasoline selling for higher prices than they were last year.

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