The United States will import baby formula from Mexico this weekend

Nearly 1 million pounds of Gerber Good Start Gentle infant formula will arrive from a Nestlé plant in Mexico.

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The government of President Joe Biden announced this Wednesday that it will provide logistical support for import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce bottles of infant formula from Mexico starting this weekend, as part of its efforts to alleviate supply shortages across the country caused by the closure of the largest manufacturing plant in the United States.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expediting the journey of trucks that will transport around 1 million pounds of Gerber Good Start Gentle infant formula from a Nestlé plant to US retailers, the White House reported, nearly doubling the amount imported into the country to date.

Cargo flights from Europe and Australia have already brought baby formula to the United States, including two new rounds of air shipments beginning this weekend.

The White House has been working to make supply more available as it has faced pressure from parents over supply problems after regulators in February closed a Michigan plant run by Abbott, the nation’s largest automaker. of baby formula, for safety reasons.

President Joe Biden met virtually with baby formula manufacturers at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on June 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

The plant reopened June 4 after the company committed to additional sanitization and safety protocols, but closed again more than a week ago after severe weather caused damage to the plant.

The company said it needs time to assess the damage and re-sanitize the factory after severe thunderstorms and heavy rain hit southwestern Michigan on June 13.

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration moved to ease federal import regulations to allow baby formula to be shipped to the United States, and Biden authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to provide federal support to move the formula from abroad to the country.

Wednesday’s announcement also includes air shipments of 1.65 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of Nestlé NAN Supremepro 2 infant formula from Germany to Texas this weekend, and 5.5 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of infant formula Bubs in two shipments on June 26 and July 5.

The White House says that by June 26, its efforts, dubbed “Operation Fly Formula“, will have brought 32 flights and nearly 19 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of infant formula to the United States.

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