- Nestlé is shipping more baby formula to the US to help ease the shortage.
- The company told Insider that it would fly the formula from Switzerland and the Netherlands.
- Formula shortages continue in the US as a result of supply chain limitations and product recalls.
Nestlé is shipping baby formula from Europe to the United States amid continuing shortages of the product, the company said Tuesday.
In a statement sent to Insider, Nestlé said it was ramping up baby formula production in Europe for shipment to the US, despite being a “small player” in the US market.
“We have significantly increased the amount of our infant formula available to consumers by increasing production and accelerating the general availability of the product to retailers and online, as well as in hospitals for the most vulnerable,” the statement said.
U.S. supermarkets have been hit by baby formula shortages as a result of ongoing supply chain disruptions and after a series of recalls by manufacturer Abbott Nutrition following illness complaints. in four babies who consumed their products. Retail giants including Target, Walgreens and CVS have rationed supplies online or in-store.
Nestlé said it would ship supplies of its Alfamino infant formula from Switzerland and its Gerber formula from the Netherlands to the US to help ease restrictions.
“We prioritized these products because they have a critical medical purpose, as they are for infants with allergies to cow’s milk protein,” the statement said.
“It is noteworthy that both products were already being imported, but we moved shipments forward and rushed by air to help meet immediate needs,” he added.
The shortage of baby formula has caused concern among parents who are anxious to feed their children.
“It’s stressful enough being a new mom, whether it’s your first, second, third child, or whatever, but this is an added layer of stress,” Jessica Booth, of Long Island, New York, told Jane Ridley recently. by Insider.
Abbott Nutrition recently stated that it could restart production at its shuttered Michigan plant within two weeks. It would still take around six to eight weeks for products to hit shelves after the restart, the company added.
The US Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is encouraging international formula makers to ship more supplies to the US, where the agency would facilitate product acceptance and distribution.
FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf added that the initiative could result in imported formula hitting U.S. shelves in “a matter of weeks.”