Swiss food giant Nestlé is due to send baby formulas from Switzerland and the Netherlands to the United States amid a shortage there, a group spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The Swiss group will specifically import two brands of hypoallergenic milk, as the shortage has become an additional source of stress for parents of children with cow’s milk protein intolerance.
“We have preferred these products because they serve critical medical purposes,” an AFP spokeswoman said, confirming the press release.
Two brands are already imported: Gerber Good Start Extensive HA milk from the Netherlands and Alfamino milk from Switzerland.
Faced with a shortage, Nestlé decided to transport milk by air, “to help fill urgent needs,” said the group, which also has two factories in the United States to produce infant formula.
Originally caused by supply chain problems and a shortage of workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the shortage of the mixture worsened in February when the Abbott plant in Michigan closed after recalling products suspected of causing the deaths of two infants.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released milk but issued a “483” form stating that there are violations at the plant, Ebat said on Friday, adding that “immediately” began implementing measures.
On Monday, Abbott reached an agreement with US authorities to resume production at the plant.
The White House is in constant contact with four major manufacturers – Nestlé, Reckitt, Abbott and Perrigo – to identify transport, logistics and supplier barriers to increasing production.