The White House announced that more than 20 million bottles of baby food will be delivered to the US soon to help fill the ongoing nationwide shortage.
Initially, the equivalent of approximately 16 million 8-ounce bottles of Gerber Blend will ship from Mexico to Fort Worth, Texas on Friday and be distributed to retailers, officials said Wednesday.
Approximately 5.5 million bottles of the Bubs blend were also shipped to Los Angeles from Melbourne, Australia this week and from Philadelphia in early July, and more than 1.5 million bottles of Nestlé were shipped to Texas from Germany, according to a press series. releases.
As part of President Joe Biden’s “Operation Fly Formula” mission, federal agencies have teamed up to pick up government-approved batches of infant formula from international distributors and ship it back to the states to get it to the shelves faster.
The United States is grappling with an infant formula shortage that began due to supply chain issues during the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbated by the shutdown of the country’s largest formula factory due to deadly bacteria.
Abbott Laboratories closed its Michigan plant in February after the Food and Drug Administration checked whether two bacterial infant deaths and two other illnesses were linked to the plant.
The plant reopened in early June but said it would take eight weeks for production of the new formula to hit store shelves.
The FDA announced on Wednesday that it was investigating the January death of another child who consumed formula from the factory.
The agency has not unequivocally linked Abbott to any deaths, but its investigation has uncovered numerous violations at the plant.