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Biden says first shipments of baby formula flying in from Europe this weekend

Stock Markets May 21, 2022 03:55PM ET
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(Reuters) - The first shipments of infant formula from Europe to address a critical shortage in the United States should begin arriving this weekend, President Joe Biden said on Friday amid criticism of his administration's handling of the issue.

Biden said on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) the initial military cargo plane flights under "Operation Fly Formula" meant that "up to 1.5 million bottles of safe Nestlé infant formula will be coming to U.S. shelves as soon as possible."

A Feb. 17 recall by top baby formula maker Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) during an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration has created one of the most urgent food shortages in recent history for U.S. families.

Biden this week said he was invoking the Defense Production Act to increase supplies.

"The Secretary of Defense ordered today the first flights supporting Operation Fly Formula. Due to the urgency of the situation, these flights will comprise U.S. military aircraft and will depart Ramstein Air Base in Germany this weekend," White House Communications Director Kate Berner said on Twitter.

"The flights will transport 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula to Indianapolis, IN. These formulas have been prioritized because they serve a critical medical purpose and are in short supply in the US because of the plant closure," Berner wrote.

Aptamil maker Danone SA (OTC:DANOY) has stepped up shipments of infant formula from Europe to address a shortage in the United States, according to U.S customs data and an analysis of ocean cargo data by shipping consultancy Ocean Audit for Reuters.

Biden says first shipments of baby formula flying in from Europe this weekend
 

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Todd Gray
Todd Gray May 22, 2022 2:34AM ET
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Standard air freight would have been a lot cheaper. But, Brandon had to flex his muscle and ship baby food by military aircraft. It was a very technical & tactical mission. F16's flew on wing.
John Nguyen
John Nguyen May 22, 2022 1:48AM ET
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Brandon all way one step behind.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 21, 2022 4:40PM ET
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The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans see no role for government in solving problems. Democrats understand that, one in a while, the free market stumbles and government can step in to limit human suffering. Glad we have Democrats in charge to fix this free market problem.
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Yoyogi Shark
Yoyogi Shark May 21, 2022 4:40PM ET
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In socialism, government bravely tackles problems not known in other systems.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 21, 2022 4:40PM ET
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Who said anything about socialism?
Yoyogi Shark
Yoyogi Shark May 21, 2022 4:40PM ET
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Brad Albright  You. You said it's free market that needs government interventionism (socialism). Who cares which political party intervenes? It's a global problem anyway. All governments around the world have made policy mistakes after policy mistakes and we start to reap the fruits of that right now. They ignite problems to later put them out and people like you applaud them.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 21, 2022 4:40PM ET
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Nope. Only in they eyes of an anarchist or a fool would either of the main parties in the United States' capitalist democratic republic look like socialism.
Yoyogi Shark
Yoyogi Shark May 21, 2022 4:40PM ET
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Brad Albright  I'm sorry but clearly you don't know what you are talking about so you have to resort to personal invectives instead of arguments. I don't have too much time to argue with people who haven't even made an effort to read a wikipedia article but consider this - how can anyone call a system "capitalist" if capital is not being controlled by private owners but rather government who can transfer it at will from one entity to another? Cheers my friend.
Eldrish eldoran
Eldrish eldoran May 21, 2022 3:45PM ET
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cool so when the military plane leaves US for Europe it carries weapons for Ukraine and then the way back it picks up baby formula. win win
Southern Tiger
Southern Tiger May 21, 2022 12:37PM ET
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Sadly this is one of many ****ups this administration has caused.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti May 21, 2022 11:45AM ET
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Handle the issue? this guy can't handle the diapers he literally has on. our country has been hijacked.
Santosh Oak
Santosh Oak May 21, 2022 7:07AM ET
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sad to see Americans can't find baby food in America but have to import it. WHY not import barbies along with baby formula? Will save Americans the trouble of producing babies?
gab nea
gab nea May 21, 2022 6:59AM ET
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nice to see a leader that cares about kids, not one that separates them from their mothers and put them in cages. best president in years! not perfect but sane.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti May 21, 2022 6:59AM ET
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I hope you're a bit because you just can't be this brainwashed. the current president can't even deal with the diapers he has on let alone anything else. dementia has almost completely taken him over. You just be a bot because only a bot wouldn't see this.
John Nguyen
John Nguyen May 21, 2022 6:59AM ET
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Obama was the one building the cages at southern border and Biden put more illegal immigrants kids in the cages during covid time.
Gr Goss
Gr Goss May 21, 2022 6:59AM ET
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John Nguyen  Whoah, you're expecting to convice a lib of the truth? Most suffer from cognitive dissonance. Good luck!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 21, 2022 6:59AM ET
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The Republican view of the world is that they can't stand to see anybody who isn't as miserable as they are.
Tyrone Jackson
Tyrone Jackson May 21, 2022 3:47AM ET
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This guy can’t even feed the babies- complete failure. Who voted for him?? War - yes- stock market crash yes- 20 % inflation - yes has 200 % higher - yes Major violet crime out of control -yes Liberals do this every single time in America. Who voted for him?? Shame on your ignorance
John Hat
John Hat May 21, 2022 12:36AM ET
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Democrats create the crisis, and then ride to the rescue on the private sector's back. Trash.
Richard Moore
Richard Moore May 21, 2022 12:36AM ET
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Same processed they use on iner urban communities with the prison industrial complex. Allow drugs, guns, and cheap booz to flood the joint and sit back and reap the profits from laundered money and private prision stock returns. Easy money!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 21, 2022 12:36AM ET
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The private sector caused the problem: allowed a baby formula factory to get contaminated with salmonila. Get your facts straight.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 21, 2022 12:36AM ET
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What? Let me see if I have this nutty idea correct: people invested in private prisons have the power to control, not just guns, not just drugs and not just booze, but all three; and this mighty cabal chooses to push these into inner cities so that their private prison stock will go up? Wow! What an evil plan.
 
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