Nestle, the Swiss food giant, will fly baby formula from Switzerland and the Netherlands to the United States amid a shortage of the product in the country of Uncle Sam, a company spokesman said on Tuesday (17/5).
The Swiss group in particular will import two brands of hypoallergenic milk, as the current shortage has become an added source of stress for parents of babies who are intolerant of cow’s milk protein.
“We prioritize these products because they meet a critical medical need,” the spokesperson told the news agency AFPwhile confirming a media report.
The two brands that have now been imported to America are Gerber Good Start Extensive HA milk from the Netherlands, and Alfamino milk from Switzerland.
Faced with shortages, Nestlé decided to airlift milk “to help meet an urgent need,” says the group, which also owns two factories in the United States that produce infant formula.
Supply chain problems and labor shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic are behind the dwindling amount of infant formula in America. Conditions worsened in February when Abbott’s Michigan factory closed following a recall of tainted product that allegedly caused the deaths of two babies.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally allowed Abbott’s milk to be circulated, but also issued a so-called “483” form acknowledging any irregularities at the factory, Abbott said Friday, adding that it was “immediately”. ” began to implement corrective measures.
On Monday (16/5), Abbott reached an agreement with US authorities to restart production at the plant.
The White House is in constant contact with the four major manufacturers — Nestlé, Reckitt, Abbott, and Perrigo — to identify transportation, logistics, and supplier barriers to increasing production. [lt/em]
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