The White House has announced that another Operation Fly Formula flight has been picked up for later this week, which will transport 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA infant formula to the United States.
President Biden announced Sunday morning, which comes after the first plane landed in the United States over the weekend.
US Air Force aircraft left Germany’s Ramstein Air Base with a total of 14 pallets containing over 71,000 pounds of baby replacement.
The operation comes after President Biden relied on the Defense Production Act to speed up the production of infant formula.
BABY FORMULA FLIGHTS TO COMPLETE LACK OF ARRIVAL THIS WEEKEND
A White House statement said the administration was “working around the clock” to keep the breast milk substitute shelves in stock.
The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to identify opportunities to invoke the Defense Production Act and further increase breast milk substitute production to maximum capacity. The Biden-Harris Administration has worked around the clock to increase breast milk substitute production and keep store shelves in stock during “Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary revocation,” the statement read.
ABBOTT SAYS IT WILL BE AT LEAST TWO MONTHS BEFORE BABY FORMULA FROM CLOSED PLANT HAS THE SHELVES
The nationwide shortage of baby milk substitutes has recently escalated due to a voluntary recall by Abbott Nutrition of specific powder formulas produced at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan, after four complaints that four babies consuming products made from the plant were sick with a bacterial infection, and two of them died.
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Abbott Nutrition said in a statement on May 11 that it could be months before stocks from their Sturgis, Michigan the plant will reach the store shelves after a voluntary recall forced the company to cease operations at the plant. The plant originally closed in February. Abbott has said none of the infant deaths have been associated with any product manufactured at the Sturgis plant.