The United States will charter an air bridge to import milk for children


Powdered milk is a necessity for many families in America, particularly in low-income families where mothers must return to work almost immediately after giving birth and are unable to breastfeed.

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The United States set up an airlift to import powdered milk for children commercial aircraft chartered by the armed forces To make up for that product shortfall, the White House said Wednesday.

Shortages – the result of supply chain problems and mass product recalls – are driving parents to despair and become a Political nightmare for President Joe Biden Assembly elections in November are approaching.

The Defense Department will “use its contracts with cargo airlines, as it did during the early months of the COVID pandemic, to move material. Transport products from factories in other countries that meets United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards,” the White House said.

“The air connection through regular routes will expedite the import and distribution of powdered milk and will serve as an immediate support While manufacturers continue to ramp up production.” And efforts have been doubled for air operations.

Biden also mentioned defense production law Prioritizing supply to baby product manufacturers.

“Instructing companies to prioritize and allocate production of this flagship product for children will help increase production and accelerate supply chains,” the White House said.

Initially due to supply constraints and labor shortage, the shortage of powdered milk deepened in February, when after the death of two children Manufacturer Abbott announced a “voluntary recall” of its infant formula manufactured at its Michigan facility.

The FDA investigation clarified the formula and struck a deal with Abbott to restart production, but it would take weeks for the needed product to reach warehouses.

filling the gap

Biden wrote to the heads of the Department of Agriculture and Health, that imports of the powdered formula “will serve as a bridge to the acceleration of production.”

“However, I ask that you take all appropriate measures available count excess amount of formula Safe in the country immediately,” the President said in his letter.

there is a shortage Many parents are frantic and fearful that their children will starve. Powdered milk is a necessity for many families, especially low-income families, where mothers must return to work almost immediately after giving birth and are unable to breastfeed.

Another problem is Product prices available They climbed into the clouds.

The frustration of parents is evident on social media, where posts shared hundreds of thousands of times urge parents to make products at home, It is advised against by some experts who say that it will not contain essential nutrients for babies and they can get sick.

This is already having political consequences with the Republican opposition – which has set its sights on regaining control of Congress in November’s elections – taking advantage of the issue to attack Biden and Democrats.

America 98% depends on its local production Baby milk powder. The product’s average stock-out rate jumped to 43% earlier this month, according to Datasembly, which gathered information from more than 11,000 sellers.

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