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First batch of infant formula headed to US from Switzerland

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Empty shelves showing a shortage of baby formula in San Antonio, Texas.
  • The White House on Wednesday announced "Operation Fly Formula" to address the national shortage.
  • On Thursday, the White House said the first batch was being sent from Switzerland to Indiana.
  • Meanwhile an ER doctor in Texas told Insider they are treating babies who were fed diluted formula.
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The first batch of baby formula is being imported to the US from Switzerland as part of President Joe Biden's "Operation Fly Formula," which was launched to address the ongoing national shortage.

The White House on Thursday announced a batch of Nestlé S.A. formula would be transported from Zurich, Switzerland, to Plainfield, Indiana, by commercial aircrafts contracted by the Department of Defense.

Hypoallergenic formulas intended for babies with dairy milk allergies are being prioritized "because they serve a critical medical purpose and are in short supply in the United States because of the Abbott Sturgis plant closure," the statement said.

Operation Fly Formula was announced Wednesday and allows the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture to use military resources to pick up baby formula from overseas.

The operation is part of a series of measures taken by the Biden administration to address the infant formula shortage as empty shelves have left parents across America scrambling to find food for their babies.

Insider's Anna Medaris reported Wednesday that an emergency room in Texas has been treating babies whose parents fed them homemade or watered-down formula, putting the infants at risk for life-threatening seizures.  


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