First batch of infant formula headed to Indiana from Switzerland as part of Biden's "Operation Fly Formula"

Representational imageKelly Sikkema

The first batch of baby formula being imported to the US from Switzerland will arrive in Indiana as early as this weekend, bearing the equivalent of 1.5 million 8-oz bottles of 3 types of formula. The shipments will include hypoallergenic formulas intended for babies with dairy milk allergies — Alfamino Infant, Alfamino Junior, and Gerber Good Start Extensive HA.

The White House announced Operation Fly Formula on Wednesday which allows the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture to use military resources to pick up baby formula from overseas. Mr. Biden said in a statement:

I know parents across the country are worried about finding enough formula to feed their babies. As a parent and as a grandparent, I know just how stressful that is. Imports of baby formula will serve as a bridge to this ramped-up production.

The measures come as empty shelves have left parents across America scrambling to find food for their babies, especially for infants with allergies who rely on specialty formulas.

In February, Major formula maker Abbott Laboratories issued a recall of its products namely, Similac, Alimentum and EleCare produced at a Michigan factory after reports of at least four babies being diagnosed with a severe bacterial infection that led to two infant deaths. The recall exacerbated the ongoing crisis related to supply chain issues.

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