The third shipment of foreign-produced infant formula will soon be on its way to the United States as part of “Operation Fly Formula”, the White House announced on Wednesday.
United Airlines has agreed to transport more than 300,000 pounds of Kendamil infant formula from London’s Heathrow Airport starting June 9, the White House has announced.
Kendamil said they will export up to 2 million cans of formula, or the equivalent of 54 million 8-ounce bottles in total to the United States. The formula should be available for sale by US retailers nationwide in the coming weeks.
The formula shortage has vexed American parents for months, compounding the other crisis facing President Biden, such as inflation and soaring gas prices.
Mr Biden is due to meet with major formula makers virtually later on Wednesday as he continues to scramble to address the shortage.
The administration launched Operation Fly Formula to streamline foreign formula imports and announced the program in mid-May while invoking the Defense Production Act to stem the current formula shortage.
Under this program, the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture use commercial aircraft under contract with the Pentagon to pick up infant formula from overseas that meets U.S. health and safety standards. .
The flights announced Wednesday will be the first to be offered by an airline.
The move allows carriers to bypass regular air cargo routes, which the White House says will speed final delivery to store shelves.
The Food and Drug Administration approved imports last week.