President Biden on Monday announced a fifth mission to bring infant formula to the United States from overseas, with the latest shipment arriving from Cologne, Germany.
The shipment of Nestlé infant formula will be transported to Fort Worth, Texas on June 9. The products will be distributed through Nestlé and Gerber distribution channels, according to the White House, with additional shipments expected to be announced in the coming days.
The delivery will include 110,000 pounds of Nestlé NAN SupremePro Stage 1 infant formula as well as approximately 1.6 million 8-ounce bottles.
Previous deliveries of infant formula were from the UK and Australia.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement that “HHS is working around the clock to ensure parents have the formula they need to feed their infants. We will continue to explore all available options until we have fully restored the supply of infant formula in the United States. »
A memo released by the White House on Monday says infant formula sales have increased in recent weeks, up 24% from a year ago.
The most recent stock rate, the measure of a product’s availability for sale, is 74%, according to the White House. Prior to Abbott Nutrition’s infant formula recall, which was a major contributor to the national shortage, inventory levels were around 88-90%.
“Lower inventory levels combined with higher sales volumes suggest that products are selling out quickly when available and that some stores have been able to match their inventory levels to expected sales, while others have had difficulty. wrong,” the White House memo reads.