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DOD: Working to ship Nestlé baby formula to Indiana

Operation Fly Formula will transport up to 1.5 million 8 ounce bottles
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Published: May. 20, 2022 at 4:39 PM EDT
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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Department of Defense said on Friday that it is working to book commercial aircraft to fly about 246 pallets of Nestlé formula from Zurich, Switzerland, to Plainfield, Indiana.

They say the Operation Fly Formula shipments will transport the equivalent of up to 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of three formulas—Alfamino Infant, Alfamino Junior, and Gerber Good Start Extensive HA—all of which they say are hypoallergenic formulas for kids who have a cow’s milk protein allergy. They say these formulas have been prioritized because they serve a “critical medical purpose” and are in short supply nationwide due to the Abbott Sturgis plant closure.

“By using DOD-contracted aircraft, we can bypass regular air freightening [sic] — freighting routes and speed up the importation and distribution of safe infant formula,” Jean-Pierre said. “This is the same type of action we took to get critical COVID materials, such as testing supplies,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday morning.

The Associated Press reported that the Senate approved a bill Thursday aimed at easing the baby formula shortage for families participating in a government assistance program that accounts for about half of all formula purchased in the United States. They say the bill makes it possible in extenuating circumstances for the Department of Agriculture to waive certain requirements so that WIC participants can purchase whatever brand is available.

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Nestlé told WPTA affiliate WTHR that the company is taking the following steps to help:

  • Running formula factories at capacity and optimizing efficiency across the system
  • Supporting WIC program states and flexing to support states beyond that, where needed and where possible
  • Immediately accelerating import of specialty product produced at FDA registered factories outside the country to expedite availability in the market and serve immediate needs. This includes Gerber Good Start Extensive HA from the Netherlands and Alfamino from Switzerland for Nestlé Health Science as they serve a critical medical purpose for babies with cow’s milk protein allergies.

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