(RTTNews) – The US Food and Drug Administration announced the planned availability of around 39.5 million additional bottles of infant formula from the Swiss food group Nestlé SA in the shortage-plagued United States.
As part of FDA’s increased flexibility to address nationwide infant formula shortages caused by Abbott Nutrition’s recall, Nestle will provide Gerber Good Start Gentle formula from Mexico and NAN Supreme Pro 1 and Supreme Pro 2 from Germany from June through October to ship.
Approximately 1.3 million cans of Gerber Good Start Gentle will be available in the country from July to October. That equates to about 2.2 million pounds, or almost 33 million full-size 8-ounce bottles.
In addition, approximately 249,500 doses of Nestlé NAN Supreme Pro 1 and Nestlé NAN Supreme Pro 2 will be available in June and July. That equates to about 440,000 pounds, or nearly 6.5 million full-size 8-ounce bottles.
Both product groups are expected to be sold on Gerber.com and through other major retailers, as well as online.
The agency now said the US Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing options to bring the products to the United States as soon as possible.
In May, Nestle had shipped Gerber Good Start Extensive HA by air from the Netherlands and Alfamino from Switzerland to the USA. Nestle then said those products would be prioritized as they serve a critical medical purpose as they are intended for babies with cow’s milk protein allergies.
The company added that it was running formula factories at full capacity and accelerating product availability for retailers, online sellers and hospitals.
The country faced reduced shipments of infant formula in February after Abbott Nutrition, the largest US infant formula maker, closed its Sturgis, Michigan plant and recalled its popular powdered formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare, after Bacterial infections and infections related deaths in babies have been reported.
To address the severe supply shortage, the FDA later required infant formula manufacturers worldwide to import products into the United States. British nutritional products maker Kendal Nutricare has agreed to initially ship about 2 million cans of Kendamil-branded infant formula to the United States starting in June.
The White House recently said that flights donated by United Airlines will carry more than 8 million bottles of Bubs Australia infant formula from Melbourne, Australia, as well as Kendamil products from the United Kingdom.
A US military plane had previously arrived in Indianapolis from Germany with 78,000 pounds of baby food.
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