Goat’s milk and other infant formula are coming to the US : NPR

Workers unload a FedEx cargo plane carrying 100,000 pounds of infant formula at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia on Wednesday.

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Workers unload a FedEx cargo plane carrying 100,000 pounds of infant formula at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia on Wednesday.

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The United States will distribute an additional 1.25 million boxes of infant formula in a bid to replenish the country’s dire supply in the coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration said.

This stockpile will bring the total imported supply of infant formula to the equivalent of 30 million 8-ounce bottles, since the Biden administration began efforts to ease the national shortage.

During the first week of May, the average out-of-stock rate of baby formula at retailers nationwide was 43%, according to Datasembly data.

Australian company Bubs will send the equivalent of 27.5 million 8-ounce bottles of different infant formulas, including “easy-to-digest” goat’s milk, organic grass-fed cow’s milk and specialist formulas, the FDA announced Friday. Some of the promised supply is ready for transport and some products will be produced in the weeks and months to come.

“We continue to work around the clock with our government partners and industry to ensure that there is enough infant formula available when and where parents and caregivers need it,” said the Commissioner of FDA, Robert Califf. “We won’t rest until our shelves are stocked with safe and nutritious infant formula.”

The Australian product adds to the formula supply of 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles that have already landed in the United States this week. This supply, consisting of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formulas, was prioritized because it is essential for children with cow’s milk protein allergies, the White House said.

Of that product, the bulk of the 132 pallets that landed in Indianapolis last Sunday would be sent to hospitals and home care providers, Nestlé said.

This shipment will cover 15% of the country’s formula needs, Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council, told CNN. State of the Union.

People should see “more formula in stores starting this week,” he said on Sunday.

The 114 pallets that arrived in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Wednesday are destined for hospitals, retailers and WIC (women, infants and children) programs that provide nutritious foods to low-income women and children, starting this weekend.

The FDA said it enforces its safety requirements for importing products into the country, which include a review of nutritional and safety information, including microbiological testing, labeling, as well as production details. facilities and inspection history.

The imports are part of the Biden administration’s program to expedite the delivery of infant formula from overseas to stores as the U.S. market faces a shortage.

The shortage problem has been escalating for some time, but it came to a breaking point when one of the biggest formula makers, Abbott Nutrition, closed its Michigan plant in February after the FDA detected the presence of deadly bacteria near production lines. Several babies fell ill and two died after drinking the company’s formula. FDA Commissioner Califf said Wednesday that Abbott’s plant was “several weeks away” from reopening.

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