COLUMBUS — A large shipment of infant formula has landed in Ohio amid the nationwide shortage.
A plane containing 85,000 boxes, or approximately 1.85 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents, of Bubs Australia infant formula landed at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus on Friday morning, according to our news partners at WBNS in Columbus.
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The formula was flown in from Melbourne, Australia as part of Operation Fly Formula, a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, General Services Administration and the Department of Defense working to import baby formula from other countries into the United States. states.
Friday’s shipment will be distributed to Walmart stores across the country, including Ohio, WBNS reported.
The shipment comes days after Abbott, the nation’s largest formula maker, was forced to halt production at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan, due to flooding caused by recent severe thunderstorms and heavy rains.
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“These torrential storms produced significant rainfall in a short time – overwhelming the city of Sturgis, Michigan’s stormwater system and causing flooding in parts of the city, including areas of our plant,” Abbott said Wednesday in a press release.
The company said the facility will undergo “full testing” with an “independent third party” to ensure the plant can resume operations. They said this should delay the production and distribution of new products by a few weeks.
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