A military plane carrying 39 tons of powdered milk arrives in the United States

Indianapolis — Enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million bottles arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday, and this weekend the first flight of several flights shipping infant formula from Europe is expected to fill a growing shortage in the United States. expected this weekend

White House press secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said 78,000 pounds (39 tonnes) of milk was being transported by military planes during President Biden’s flight from South Korea to Japan.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Indianapolis to welcome the first shipments to Indianapolis.

Biden Administration – Struggling to fix the problem National official shortage, especially hypoallergenic varieties, has made an effort called “Operation Fly Formula”. Crisis ensues Closing of Korea’s largest production plant in Michigan in February due to safety concerns.

“Typically, the process of shipping this product from Europe to the US takes two weeks,” says Jean-Pierre. “Thanks to the Operation Fly Formula, we cut it down to about three days.” “This is a testament to the President’s commitment to do everything possible to bring more infant formula to the market. And Operation Fly Formula is one of the tools we use to do that.”

The White House says 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula will leave Germany’s Ramstein Air Force Base for the United States. Another 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula are expected to arrive in the future. A total of 1.58 ounce bottles of three hypoallergenic formulas for children with milk protein allergies are expected to arrive this week. Flight approved by Mr. Biden.

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U.S. Air Force soldiers load American milk powder onto pallets at U.S. Air Force Base Ramstein at Ramstein-Mizenbach, Germany, on May 21, 2022.

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Indianapolis was chosen because it is a Nestlé distribution hub. Officials on site management said the formulas would be transported on a FedEx semi-tractor trailer and taken to the Nestlé distribution center, approximately one mile away, where the company would perform standard quality control checks before distributing supplies to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices. .

There were no commercial flights this weekend, so Air Force planes carried an initial batch of milk powder.

White House National Economic Commission director Brian Deeds said the airliner was the first to offer “gradual relief over the next few days” as the government is working towards a more lasting response to the shortage.

Liz said CNN ‘State of the Union’ Sunday’s flight brought 15% of the specialty medical formula needed in the United States, and various government actions will allow people to see “more formula in stores starting this week as soon as possible.”

In the long run, he said the US needs more milk powder suppliers so that “no individual company has so much control over the supply chain.”

Under the “Operation Fly Formula,” the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are authorized to request Department of Defense assistance to pick up foreign infant formula that meets U.S. health and safety standards. According to the USDA, the lathe is faster.

Alfamino is primarily available through hospitals and home health care companies that serve patients at home.

US regulator and manufacturer Abbott Nutrition hopes to reopen its Michigan plant next week, but it will take about two months for the product to be ready to ship. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eased import requirements for milk powder this week to ease supply shortfalls, which will cause some brands to disappear from store shelves and some retailers to provide supplies for parents anxious about feeding their children. was distributed.

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