US military plane loaded with 39 tons of milk powder amid national shortage

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military airplane Arrived In Indianapolis Sunday, which loaded 39 tonnes of milk powder from Europe, the Biden administration hopes to alleviate a national shortage, which has reduced the amount of milk on shelves, the first of several emergency flights. almost half in recent weeks.

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airplane taking off in usa ramstein Luftwaffe base Saturday night White House Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved European facility loaded with medical formula said.

Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, said: “The flights carry enough formula to alleviate a 15% of the national shortfall. said CNN’s united state On sunday.

The flight was part of a broader plan to use Pentagon aircraft to bring milk powder to the United States. bypass Reduced the two-week shipping process 3 daysWhite House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Ramstein’s upcoming shipment will include approximately 1.58 ounce bottles of the hypoallergenic formula produced by Gerber and Nestlé Health Science. report Sunday.


In his CNN interview, Deese said: criticism In part, the national shortage of manufacturers said they are not following the rules and “making formula that risks making babies sick.” He did not name the company Abbott Laboratories in February. Voluntary recall more than milk fear Bacterial contamination has helped spark a national shortage. Abbott CEO Robert Ford has apologized for the recall. Washington Post Saturday special.

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Abbott closed a baby formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan in February after regulators began investigating a possible link between the plant’s formula and a series of infancy. bacterial infection And two deaths. Investigation of infectious diseases by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conclusion Around May 12, with no additional cases confirmed. Abbott later awarded FDA and agency approval to restart the Sturgis plant.

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on his saturday Heat for post, Ford said it expects the Abbott plant to reopen by the first week of June and hopes to double its current U.S. milk powder production. But it could take six to eight weeks for the plant’s milk powder to reappear on store shelves, Ford said.

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as well as empowering “Operational Flight Formula” The Biden administration invoked the Defense Production Act of 1950 to reduce the shortage of official imports from abroad. This bill is the president need Companies that make ingredients deemed necessary for national defense (in this case, powdered milk ingredients).

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“Biden invokes the Defense Production Act to Mandatory Manufacture of Raw Milk Powder” (Forbes)


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