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More baby food is hitting shelves in the Triangle as the Biden administration says more shipments are coming

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – For weeks, the Biden administration has been promising that more baby formula will be making its way to the United States from overseas through Operation Fly Formula. CBS 17 is digging deeper to see if there are more formulas back on the shelves.

We revisited the eight Raleigh and Cary stores we visited from our mid-May coverage to see if there were more formulas on the shelves.

The Costco in Raleigh had dozens of bulk bags of baby food, a big change from when crews left in May, when the store ran out of baby food that day. Wegmans in Raleigh was one of the few places crews saw Enfamil in May — a single box. Now Enfamil was in most stores.

Abbott Nutrition’s closed factory resumed production last month. EleCare and Alimentum were two brands that CBS 17 crews still found difficult to find, several stores didn’t have them.

Mum Brittany Wei said she still has to call stores in advance to see what’s in stock, but she can usually find what she needs for her 6-month-old son Gavin.

“I’m just glad he was able to eat and we’re fine now,” Wei said.

She switched from Nutramigen, a hypoallergenic formula, to Gerber HA because Nutramigen was hard for her to find.

CBS 17 crews had a hard time finding her in May, too. It’s still not widely available compared to other brands, but crews saw more than last time. There were a few at Wegmans in Raleigh, Walgreens on New Bern Avenue, and about two dozen cans at Wal-Mart in Cary.

Crews saw about two dozen large kendamil jars at Target in Cary. Kendamil is a European brand that was distributed to Targets via Operation Fly Formula, according to The White House. On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced there would be two more shipments of kendamil this month, totaling about £200,000.

Signs restricting the formula, including at BJ’s, Target, Harris Teeter and Wal-Mart, serve as a reminder that the situation is not resolved, but Wei said it’s an improvement.

“We actually buy tanners a lot, but sometimes they don’t have it like in the stores,” Wei said.

The North Carolina Department of Health said it had no information on the amount of formula North Carolina received from the federal government and said the formula goes directly to stores and healthcare providers.

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Dais Johnston

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