Abbott restarts production months after recalling several infant food brands that caused pan-America shortages already strained by supply chain disruptions.
The infant food company, Abbott, said it will take about three weeks before the new formula from the plant begins getting to consumers.
The cargo plane took off from the US air base at Ramstein, Germany, carrying around 35,000 kg of specialty infant formula –– enough for 500,000 bottles, White House says.
President Joe Biden takes steps to address shortage of infant formula, invoking Defense Production Act to help manufacturers obtain ingredients needed to ramp up supply and greenlight import from overseas.
Biden administration vows to take action to boost supplies of baby formula as Republicans berate President Biden and Democrats for crippling shortages nationwide.
Pharmacies and supermarkets have been running short of infant food supplies, a shortage further exacerbated by Abbott shuttering its largest US formula manufacturing plant over contamination concerns.
A code was set up by WHO in 1981 in a bid to regulate the industry after scandals in the 1970s when Nestle was accused of discouraging mothers, particularly in developing countries, from breastfeeding.
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