Biden administration to facilitate air shipment of more than one million equivalent 8-ounce bottles of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino® and Alfamino® Junior on July 10-11
Today, President Biden announces that his administration is providing two flights, facilitated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for Operation Fly Formula to transport Nestlé’s amino acid formula. Health Science of Switzerland at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on July 10-11. This delivery will include approximately 100,000 pounds of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino® and Alfamino® Junior formulas, the equivalent of more than one million 8-ounce bottles. The product, which is designed for children with cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA), will be distributed primarily to hospitals and home care providers.
In May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the agency was exercising its discretion so that Nestlé could export additional infant formula to the United States. Nestlé will import standard and specialty infant formula including Nestlé NAN® SupremePro 1, Nestlé NAN® SupremePro 2, Nestlé NAN® EXPERTpro SensiPro Premium Instant Starter Formula, Nestlé Health Science Alfamino® and Alfamino® Junior, Vitaflo PKU start™, Gerber® Good Start® Gentle and Gerber® Good Start® Extensive HA®. Over time, Nestlé expects to introduce approximately 42 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents to the US market.
President Biden launched Operation Fly Formula to expedite the importation of infant formula and start getting more formula to stores as soon as possible. As part of Operation Fly Formula, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), General Services Administration (GSA), and Department of Defense (DOD) are teaming up to pick up infant formula overseas that meets U.S. health and safety standards, so it can get to store shelves faster. By July 10, Operation Fly Formula will have transported over 44 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents in the United States
In addition, the Biden administration has taken a number of other important steps to ensure there is enough safe infant formula for families, including invoking the Defense Production Act, entering into a consent agreement between the FDA and Abbott Nutrition to reopen the company’s Sturgis plant, and issue FDA guidance so major formula makers can safely import formulas not currently produced for the American market. Details of our actions can be found at whitehouse.gov/formula.