The United States is facing a worrying shortage of baby milk. The Swiss food giant Nestlé has therefore decided to send infant milk by air from Switzerland and the Netherlands, a spokeswoman for the group told AFP on Tuesday.
The Swiss group will specifically export two brands of hypoallergenic milk, the shortage being an additional source of stress for parents of babies intolerant to cow’s milk proteins. “We have prioritized these products because they address critical medical needs,” the spokeswoman said.
Abbott factory forced to close
These two brands of hypoallergenic milk are already usually exported from the Netherlands, for Gerber Good Start Extensive HA milk, and from Switzerland for Alfamino milk. Faced with the shortage, the group decided to send them by air “to meet immediate needs”, indicates the group, which also has two factories in the United States for the production of infant milk.
Initially caused by problems in the supply chain and a lack of labor due to the pandemic, the shortage worsened when, in February, a factory of the manufacturer Abbott, in Michigan, closed after a product recall suspected of causing the deaths of two babies.
The White House is trying to find solutions
The US Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the milk, but issued a form called “483” for plant irregularities, Abbott said last Friday, adding that he “immediately” began implementation of corrective measures. Monday, Abbott reached an agreement with the American justice to be able to restart production in this factory.
The White House is for its part in continuous communication with the four main manufacturers, including Nestlé but also Reckitt, Abbott and Perrigo in order to identify the obstacles in terms of transport, logistics and suppliers. Objective: to be able to increase production and quickly guarantee the delivery of products to retailers.