A severe shortage of infant formula has emerged in the United States. The problem is being solved in an unusual way – with the help of the Pentagon.
The shortage of infant formula came amid the closure of a Michigan factory and a disruption in supply chains. The first batch of the product was delivered from Germany by a military transport aircraft.
As tells DWOn May 22, a US military plane landed in Indiana, taking off from the American air base “Ramstein”, which is located in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany). He delivered more than 31 tons of milk mixtures for newborn babies. This amount is enough for half a million bottles of nutrition for the smallest.
The shortage of formulas for infant formula did not appear suddenly, it has been growing over the past few months under the influence of several circumstances. At first, the coronavirus pandemic “had its say,” manifesting itself as a shortage of personnel and a disruption in supply chains. The next reason was the closure of the baby food factory. US pharmaceutical company Abbott was forced to close a Michigan plant after the death of two babies.
The death of babies was associated with infection with pathogenic bacteria, which, presumably, could be found in infant formula. However, after careful testing by the Food and Drug Administration, the product was found to be OK. Last week, an agreement was reached to resume production at Abbott. But it will take at least a few weeks before the first batches of the product appear on store shelves.
In this regard, Joe Biden ordered the delivery of baby food from Europe by American military transport aircraft. On Sunday evening, he announced on Twitter the second such flight, delivering baby food from the Swiss company Nestlé to the US.
First delivered from EU a batch of milk formula, according to Brian Dees, adviser to the President of the United States for political and economic affairs, covered about 15% of urgent needs. It was delivered to Indiana, where the Nestlé Center laboratory will test the product for quality and then distribute it to American supermarkets.