A shipment of Shishu Sutras arrived in the United States from Europe on Sunday for the purpose of filling the nationwide deficit, and a second flight is expected to bring additional supplies in the coming days, the Biden administration said.
The White House said in a statement that the equivalent shipment of about 500,000 eight-ounce bottles contained a hypoallergenic formula for infants with cow’s milk protein allergies. That provided enough clues to care for 9,000 babies and 18,000 babies a week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Wilsack said in a televised comment at Indianapolis airport, where the shipment arrived on a military plane from Germany’s Ramstein Air Base.
“This consignment of formulas serves an important medical purpose and will help children with specific dietary needs in specialized formulas,” Mr Wilsack said. Said on Twitter.
A second shipment, expected to arrive this week, will bring the supply of the equivalent of 1.5 million eight-ounce bottles of the three formulas, which will then be delivered from a Nestle facility in Pennsylvania.
The effects of the Sturgis plant shutdown have spread widely, with stores limiting the purchase of formulas and parents desperately trying to supply or create formulas at home, which discourages pediatricians. The shortage has been exacerbated by supply-chain problems and labor shortages associated with the epidemic.
A White House statement said the formula palettes arrived on Sunday “preferred because they serve an important medical purpose” and that supplies were low due to the closure of the Sturgeon plant.
In another step towards tackling the acute deficit, the FDA announced last week that it would relax some of its rules to encourage new suppliers to supply formulas. The United States typically uses about 98 percent of the formula with imports from Mexico, Ireland, and the Netherlands.