Nestlé is shipping infant formula to the United States by air freight in a bid to ease a nationwide shortage that is worrying parents across the country.
In a statement to CNN on Tuesday, Nestlé said it was stealing from some baby formula produced outside the United States, including Gerber Good Start Extensive HA from the Netherlands and Alfamino from Switzerland.
Nestlé said it prioritizes these products because they serve an “essential medical purpose” as they are intended for babies with cow’s milk protein allergy. The company was already importing both formulas, but Nestlé said it is now ramping up shipments to America.
“We have moved shipments and rushed by air to help meet immediate needs,” the company said in the statement.
News of the decision to fly the formula in the United States was first reported by Reuters.
Nestlé said Gerber is a “small player” in the U.S. infant formula market, but is committed to doing “everything we can to help” provide parents and caregivers with the formula that they need.
Beyond air cargo, some formulas, Nestlé said it was operating formula factories at full capacity and accelerating product availability for retailers, online sellers and hospitals for the most vulnerable.
The Biden administration is stepping up coordination with industry to try to address the shortage.
“The White House has ongoing conversations with the four major infant formula manufacturers – Reckitt, Abbott, Nestlé/Gerber and Perrigo – to work with them to identify barriers to transportation, logistics and suppliers to increase the production of preparations in the U.S. – and FDA-approved facilities, to increase the quantity and speed of delivery of FDA-approved formulas in the country, and ensure that formula moves quickly to retailers from factories a White House official said Monday.
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