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First baby formula shipment arrives in U.S. from Europe

Stock Markets May 22, 2022 07:01PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Soldiers load up boxes of baby formula ready for first shipments to U.S from Europe at Ramstein U.S. army base, Germany, May 21, 2022, to attempt to combat a critical shortage in the U.S. REUTERS/Erol Dogrudogan 2/2

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Chris Gallagher

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A military cargo plane carrying the first shipment of infant formula from Europe to help address a critical shortage in the United States landed in Indianapolis on Sunday, and the White House said a second flight had been arranged.

A Feb. 17 recall by top baby formula maker Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) and the closing of its manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan during an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created one of the biggest infant formula shortages in recent history for U.S. families.

"This is an important step, but it is by no means the only step that must take place. We will continue to work as the president has instructed us to look for every opportunity to increase supply," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who greeted the plane on its arrival.

"This particular formula is for a very, very small percentage of children. Roughly 17,000 children in the country basically are the beneficiaries of this particular formula," he said.

President Joe Biden's administration is seeking to stock empty shelves with 1.5 million containers of Nestle specialty infant formulas. Biden last week invoked the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to help increase supplies.

The White House said on Sunday a second flight carrying formula would leave from Ramstein Air Base in Germany in coming days. The White House said that Abbott and a second baby formula maker, Reckitt, were the first companies given priority status for raw supplies under the Defense Production Act.

Nestle also said more shipments would arrive in the coming days.

Troops used forklifts to unload boxes of the cargo from the plane in Indianapolis and onto trucks heading to distribution centers. The White House said 78,000 pounds (35,000 kg) of specialty infant formula - enough for 500,000 bottles - had arrived on the flight.

Abbott, the biggest U.S. supplier of powder infant formula, closed its Michigan plant following reports of bacterial infections in four infants, worsening a shortage among multiple manufacturers that began with supply-chain issues tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

Abbott Chief Executive Robert Ford apologized for the shortage on Sunday and promised to fix it, adding the plant would reopen in the first week of June, and it would take six to eight weeks for products to reach store shelves.

"We're sorry to every family we've let down since our voluntary recall exacerbated our nation’s baby formula shortage," he wrote in a Washington Post column.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday declared a state of emergency to prevent price gouging of baby formula.

"This emergency executive order will help us to crack down on any retailer looking to capitalize on this crisis by jacking up prices on this essential good," Adams said in a statement.

First baby formula shipment arrives in U.S. from Europe
 

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Worst ran 4 years…just pure insanity
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We have the Truth app crowd commenting lot here caz their app proably ******
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I think it has the Gates microchip? This is is the only way Bill and Joe could get chips in toddlers.
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it's scary that people like u still exist
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You should probably stop commenting on here then, since the device you use have microchip
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Dementia Joe created the problem, and then rides to the rescue. The low information crowd eats it up.
Brad Albright
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And the Q nut know-nothings continue to live in their own fact-free world of make believe. Very sad.
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Yeah he shouldn't tries to fix it, so we can continue to blame him for not fixing the problem.
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Rumor has it that this baby formula is actually made in Russia...oh the irony....
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Stop spreading fake news
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god the dumbing down doesnt stop
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Baby Formula now available...good for a 1000 DOW point gain ?
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no no. -1000
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hahahaha
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This is the biggest joke of the year so far.
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baby formula against NG. It sounds like a deal with Iran or North Korea
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out of 58000 lb, how much will go to south border, how much will use for WIC and how much will left for general middle class population?
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All of it is going to your dried up mother so she can feed you alcohol poisoned sister.
 
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