First shipment of baby food from Europe to the United States

The first overseas shipment of baby formula is due to arrive in the U.S. this weekend, the White House announced Friday, as the government scrambles to stock barren U.S. store shelves amid a nationwide shortage.

Operation Fly Formula will ship 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior Formulas from an air force base in Germany to Indiana this weekend.

An additional 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula are expected in the coming days, officials say.

The supplies will arrive by military aircraft after President Joe Biden approves the operation. No commercial flights were available this weekend to transport the cargo, the Pentagon said.

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Operation Fly Formula will ship 132 pallets of baby food to Indiana.
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In all, around 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of the three formulas, which are hypoallergenic for children with cow’s milk protein allergy, will arrive this week.

US parents have struggled to find baby formula in recent weeks after the country’s largest factory closed in February after two babies died of bacterial infections.

Michigan Abbott’s plant was scheduled to reopen in two weeks, but it would be two months before new products could be shipped domestically.

Wwith AP wires First shipment of baby food from Europe to the United States


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