Another shipment of milk powder from Europe arrives in the US on Wednesday.

Pallets of Nestle Health Sciences Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Jr. formula are unloaded from a US military aircraft at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

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FedEx Express secured a government contract for another delivery of milk powder to the US on Wednesday, according to NBC News.

The Express Plane will carry Nestlé formula from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany to Dulles International Airport near Washington DC, where it will be transported to Nestlé facilities in Pennsylvania. It’s unclear how much milk the plane will carry.

The action is aimed at addressing a severe formula shortage in the United States after leading formula maker Abbott Laboratories closed its manufacturing plant after reports of bacterial infections in four infants.

Abbott said it would take about two weeks for the plant to reopen and up to eight weeks for products to be on display nationwide. It left a huge gap for many parents across the country.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is increasing imports of milk powder from other countries to ease the burden. The first shipment of 78,000 pounds of specialty infant formula, dubbed “Operation Fly Formula,” arrived on Sunday.

An empty shelf shows a shortage of milk powder at a Target store in San Antonio, Texas, on May 10, 2022.

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President Joe Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act to increase milk powder manufacturing. His administration intends to stock 1.5 million containers of Nestlé’s specialty infant formula on shelves.


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