35 Tons of Baby Formula Shipped to the U.S.

Yesterday’s shipment of formula, which is hypoallergenic and meant for infants who are intolerant of protein in cow’s milk, will be distributed in parts of the U.S. facing the most severe shortages.

Credit: INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 22: FedEx trucks line up to receive pallets from a U.S. Air Force C-17 carrying 78,000 lbs of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula from Europe at Indianapolis Airport on May 22, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The mission, known as Operation Fly Formula, is being executed to address an infant formula shortage caused by the closure of the United States largest formula manufacturing plant due to safety and contamination issues. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
Credit: INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 22: FedEx trucks line up to receive pallets from a U.S. Air Force C-17 carrying 78,000 lbs of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula from Europe at Indianapolis Airport on May 22, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The mission, known as Operation Fly Formula, is being executed to address an infant formula shortage caused by the closure of the United States largest formula manufacturing plant due to safety and contamination issues. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

The White House has escalated its efforts to ameliorate an ongoing nationwide baby formula shortage with the arrival of a sizable shipment of formula from Europe, delivered yesterday in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 35-ton shipment — equivalent to approximately 500,000 eight-ounce bottles — was driven from Zurich, Switzerland, to Germany, before being flown to the States.

Abbott CEO Robert Ford issued an apology for his company’s role in the shortage via an op-ed published Saturday in The Washington Post, as Abbott’s voluntary recall of numerous baby formula brands provoked the countrywide crisis. “We’re sorry to every family we’ve let down since our voluntary recall exacerbated our nation’s baby formula shortage,” Ford wrote.

A Biden administration official told CNN that yesterday’s shipment, which is hypoallergenic and meant for infants who are intolerant of protein in cow’s milk, will be distributed in parts of the U.S. facing the most severe shortages.

The White House confirmed that a second flight had been secured to complete the second installation of Operation Formula Flight.

The Biden administration released an official statement yesterday confirming that the operation was a success.

The Washington Post reported that vulnerable populations of children and families are being hit the hardest by the shortage. Children with medical conditions,such as allergies or gastrointestinal issues, low-income households, and those located in rural geographic areas face particularly challenging barriers.