White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre shared the information that US President Joe Biden told reporters while flying from South Korea to Japan, that more than 35,000 kilograms of baby food from Europe was transported to Indianapolis by plane.
It was stated that the shipment was made for the first time this weekend to address the deepening baby food shortage in the US.
It was said that the planes carrying baby food from Germany on weekdays will continue to arrive and their distribution will begin as soon as possible.
Brian Deese, executive director of the White House National Economic Board, said in a statement that the food shipment would provide “gradual relief in the coming days.”
BABY FOOD CRISIS IN THE USA
After 4 babies became seriously ill and 2 died due to powdered infant formula, the FDA launched an investigation at Abbott’s facility in Michigan. While the factory was closed in February due to the risk of bacteria, some artifacts were recalled on the grounds that they were “unsafe”.
Due to the “baby food crisis”, which has peaked due to the disruptions in the supply chain in the USA, families have been struggling to find baby food on the shelves in recent months, while manufacturers reported that they could not keep up with the heavy demand despite their full capacity work.
While the subject was also on the agenda of the White House, US President Joe Biden had come to a meeting with the country’s largest manufacturers and retailers for the analysis of the baby food crisis.
US baby food maker Abbott announced on May 17 that it had reached an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reopen its factory, which was closed due to the risk of bacteria.
It was stated in the statement that the company could start production again in two weeks after the FDA approved that the initial requirements were met, and it was reported that it would take 6 – 8 weeks for the works to take their place on the shelves.