Biden administration to facilitate air shipment of more than 3.1 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of Kendamil infant formula July 17-22
Today, President Biden announces that his administration is seeking a flight, facilitated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for Operation Fly Formula to transport Kendamil infant formula from England to New York. , NY via flights on July 17 and 22 respectively. These two shipments will total approximately 200,000 pounds of Kendamil EU Classic First Infant Milk Stage 1 and Kendamil EU Organic First Infant Milk Stage 1, equivalent to approximately 3.1 million 8-ounce bottles. The product will be available at Target stores. Parents and pediatricians can learn more about Kendamil infant formula at https://us.kendamil.com and compare its nutritional content per 100 kcal with other leading formula brands on https://us.kendamil.com/pages/compare-kendamil.
In May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the agency was exercising its discretion so that Kendamil could export additional infant formula to the United States, including Kendamil EU Classic First Infant Milk Stage 1 and Kendamil EU Organic First Infant Milk Stage 1. Kendamil expects to export approximately 58 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents to the US market over the next 6 months.
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 43 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.