Friday, June 17e, Vice President Harris will travel to Dulles International Airport to announce the arrival of more than 14,000 pounds of Kendamil infant formula, the equivalent of more than 200,000 8-ounce bottles of infant formula, which will be used to add more supply to the shelves. This expedition is the last through the Biden-Harris administration. Operation Fly Formulaa multi-agency partnership through which the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), General Services Administration (GSA), and Department of Defense (DOD) expedite infant formula so they can get to store shelves more quickly.

By the end of this week, Operation Fly Formula will have shipped the equivalent of 13 million 8oz bottles since its inception, including 4 million this week alone. The shipment the vice president is announcing on Friday was donated by United Airlines and is just one of ten international infant formula shipments facilitated by Operation Fly Formula for the week of June 13.ewhich also include:

  • June 13: A United Airlines flight arrived at Dulles International Airport from London Heathrow carrying Kendamil baby formula.
  • June 14: Two United Airlines flights have arrived at Dulles International Airport from London Heathrow carrying Kendamil baby formula.
  • June 15: A United Airlines flight arrived at Dulles International Airport from London Heathrow carrying Kendamil baby formula.
  • June 16: A flight has arrived in Columbus, OH from Melbourne, Australia carrying Bub’s Australia infant formula. And, a flight has arrived in Louisville, Kentucky from Switzerland carrying Nestlé Medical Specialty Infant Formula.
  • June 18: A United Airlines flight will arrive at Dulles International Airport from London Heathrow with Kendamil baby formula.
  • June 19: Two United Airlines flights will arrive at Dulles International Airport from London Heathrow with Kendamil baby formula.

Operation Fly Formula represents just one part of the Biden-Harris administration’s multi-pronged approach to ensuring families can access safe infant formula. While there is still work to be done, these successes have meant more products on the shelves and fewer families in need.

Additional steps taken to put infant formula back on shelves and increase the supply of infant formula quickly and safely

The administration is executing a whole-of-government approach to produce more infant formula and put it on the shelves. The federal government, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Transportation (DOT), the US Trade Representative (USTR), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Commerce (DOC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the White House – have been working around the clock to address the deficit in production of infant formula while the Sturgis plant remains offline. The recent actions described below build on previous actions taken by the FDA and USDA to address this early shortage.

  • Invoking the Defense Production Act: To ensure manufacturers have the ingredients needed to make safe and healthy infant formula right here at home, President Biden invoked authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA). The DPA empowers the government to require suppliers to direct necessary resources to infant formula manufacturers ahead of any other customer who may have ordered that product. The administration has already invoked this authority to order companies to prioritize and allocate production of key infant formula inputs like raw materials, formula ingredients, and bottling and packaging materials. This will continue to help manufacturers increase production and speed up supply chains. To date, the President’s invocation of the DPA has resulted in three priority orders:
    • Abbott Nutrition is receiving priority orders for raw materials such as sugar and corn syrup for infant formula, enabling a planned 25% increase in production to be able to manufacture at 100% capacity.
    • Reckitt is receiving priority orders for consumables such as single-use products such as filters, which Reckitt says will allow the company to increase production by 40%.
    • Cargill Inc. receives priority on materials such as corn products, sweeteners and oils to maximize formula production.
  • Cut red tape to increase imports: The FDA cuts red tape to increase the supply of safe, high-quality preparations through increased imports. The FDA, with support from USDA and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) import inspection, encourages infant formula manufacturers around the world to take advantage of these flexibilities and will continue to work actively with USDA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and European authorities to expedite the entry of foreign-made products, and the FDA. The Administration has so far approved nine applications, representing more than 210 million 8-ounce equivalent bottles eligible and committed for import, including:
    • Bubs Australia will supply at least 1.25 million boxes of several varieties of its infant formula from Melbourne, Australia, which will produce at least 27.5 million 8-ounce bottles.
    • Kendal Nutricare will supply at least 58 million bottle equivalents of its routine infant formula from the UK.
    • Nestlé will supply approximately 33 million bottle equivalents of Gerber Good Start Gentle formula from Mexico.
    • Nutricia (Danone) will supply 5 million bottle-equivalents of its Neocate Infant DHA/ARA specialty formula from the UK.
  • Facilitate WIC waivers for families in need: Earlier this month, the President called on WIC state agencies that were not yet taking full advantage of the flexibilities available in WIC to act immediately to enact any waivers that might help those they serve. Since then, all 50 states have acted, allowing greater flexibility for WIC families to get the formula they need. Additionally, with prompt action by Congress, the USDA will also have increased flexibility to waive rules and allow WIC participants to purchase multiple brands of formula in the event of supply chain disruptions or other seizures. This new legislation will also require infant formula manufacturers to demonstrate that they have a plan in place to respond to an infant formula recall, including how they would avoid shortages.
  • Reopening the Abbott Facility Safely: Last February, the country’s largest infant formula maker, Abbott Nutrition, launched a voluntary recall of several lines of powdered formula. It came after concerns about bacterial contamination at Abbott’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan, after four infants fell ill and two died. The Sturgis plant closed due to contamination. The FDA has since entered into a consent decree with Abbott to ensure its facility can safely reopen. The FDA is working with Abbott to make sure the product made at the Sturgis plant is safe for families.
  • Crack down on price gouging: The DOJ engages with state attorneys general to encourage them to use their powers to monitor and combat price gouging in the infant formula market, and urges them to devote more resources to policing predatory behavior on the infant formula market, which are located like New Jersey. recently announced. Additionally, following President Biden’s call on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to use all of its available tools to monitor and investigate reports of illegal and predatory conduct, the FTC has launched an investigation into the current shortage of infant formula, including deceptive, fraudulent, or other unfair trade practices that benefit families.