Goat’s Milk and Other Baby Formula Coming to US: NPR

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

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The US will distribute another 1.25 million cans of baby formula in an effort to replenish the country’s dire supply in the coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration says.

Those stocks will bring the total imported supply of baby formula products to the equivalent of 30 million 8-ounce bottles, since the Biden administration began its effort to alleviate the national shortage.

During the first week of May, the average stock-out rate for infant formula at retailers across the country was 43%, according to data from Datasembly.

Australian company Bubs will ship 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 specialty formulas, the FDA announced Friday. Some of the promised supply is ready for shipment, and some of the product will be manufactured in the coming weeks and months.

“We continue to work day and night with our government and industry partners to ensure adequate infant formula is available where and when parents and caregivers need it,” said FDA Commissioner Robert Califf. “We will not 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 already arrived in the US this week. That supply, consisting of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formulas, was prioritized because it is critical for children with allergies to cow’s milk protein, the White House said.

Of that product, most of the 132 pallets that landed in Indianapolis last Sunday would be shipped to hospitals and home health care providers, Nestle said.

That 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 Sunday.

The 114 pallets that arrived in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Wednesday will go to hospitals, retailers and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs that provide nutritious food for low-income women and children, as soon as this weekend.

The FDA said it is enforcing 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 details about facility production and the inspection history.

The imports are part of the Biden administration’s program to speed the delivery of infant formula from abroad to stores as the US market faces a shortage.

The problem of shortages has been growing for some time, but it came to a head when one of the largest formula makers, Abbott Nutrition, closed its Michigan plant in February after the FDA detected the presence of deadly bacteria near the production lines. Several babies became ill and two died after drinking the company’s formula. FDA Commissioner Califf testified Wednesday that the Abbott plant is “several weeks” away from reopening.

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