US to import 4.9 million boxes of formula from Australia

(RTTNews) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the expected availability of approximately 4.88 million boxes of infant formula from Australia as part of its efforts to address the supply shortage. nationwide caused by the Abbott Nutrition recall.

The news comes as Abbott has resumed production at the Michigan infant formula plant which was closed for a few weeks due to flooding.

Under FDA discretion to source more infant formula from the United States, Australian Care A2+ will ship approximately 8.6 million pounds or approximately 121 million full-size 8-ounce bottles of formula for general infants from 0 to 12 months.

The initial product will ship the first week of August with multiple shipments thereafter. In the United States, the product will be distributed in no less than 20,000 points of sale for a coverage of 91% of the population.

The product will be available at CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies, Whole Foods Market, Kroger, HCA Healthcare, Publix Super Markets, Safeway, The Vitamin Shoppe, Duane Reade Convenience Store and Peapod Online Grocer.

At the end of June, the FDA had announced that around 17 million equivalent bottles of infant formula in total would be imported from New Zealand by the French food company Danone SA, and from Ireland by Abbott Nutrition.

In its latest update, the FDA noted that its increased flexibilities resulted in an estimated total quantity of 23.2 million cans, or approximately 524.1 million full-size 8-ounce bottles of infant formula from various countries. .

The FDA said it expects the steps and actions it is taking, and the resumption of production at Abbott Nutrition’s facilities in Sturgis, Michigan, will result in increased l stocking store shelves.

Media reported, quoting Abbott’s spokesperson, that the formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan resumed production of EleCare formulas on July 1 after a three-week shutdown caused by flooding.

By mid-June, Abbott had halted production of its specialty EleCare formula to clean and disinfect the plant following damage from torrential storms and rains.

The plant, which had been closed for months after reports of bacterial infections and infant deaths, only reopened in early June with the approval of the FDA.

The initial plant closure by Abbott Nutrition, America’s largest infant formula manufacturer, and the resulting major recall of its most popular powdered formulas, had triggered the current severe shortage of infant formula in the country.

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