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Operation Fly Formula: Emergency shipment to arrive at Nestlé Lehigh County factory amid nationwide shortage

An emergency shipment of Nestlé formula for babies with special dietary needs will arrive in Lehigh County on Wednesday.

The White House said 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA will be transported to Nestlé’s distribution facility in Upper Macungie Township, outside Allentown, immediately upon arrival at Nestlé International Airport. Dulles in Washington.

The formula arrives from Ramstein, Germany via a FedEx Express flight provided by the federal government in an effort to ease the nationwide shortage. Once it arrives in Pennsylvania, the formula will be distributed to hospitals, WIC programs and retail stores across the United States starting this weekend.

Nestlé prioritized this specialty formula because it’s designed for babies with cow’s milk allergies, the company said. Parents of children with special dietary needs have struggled to find formula milk since the shortage began in February.

The delivery is the second emergency shipment from abroad organized through the Biden administration’s Operation Fly Formula. The first arrived in Indiana on Sunday via aircraft provided by the US Air Force.

In total, the shipments contain enough formula to fill 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles, the White House said.

Nestlé said its FDA-approved factories overseas have been manufacturing formula at full capacity since the shortage began in mid-February.

The United States Food and Drug Administration guidelines for infant formula are much stricter than those in other parts of the world. This makes importing the product a challenge.

But the FDA gives companies more flexibility when it comes to importing foreign formulas on a case-by-case basis. This change in policy will last until November.

The formula shortage in the United States began with the recall of products made at an Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Michigan, in February after the facility was linked to bacterial infections. The company plans to reopen the factory next month.