USA flies baby food through Ramstein due to shortages | Free press

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Due to dramatic bottlenecks in the US, the US government transports infant formula through the Ramstein Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate.

On Saturday evening, the first machine with special medical food for the USA launched from Ramstein, Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council at the White House, said on Sunday on the American television CNN. More flights are planned in the coming days. US President Joe Biden tweeted during his trip to Asia that there are more than 70,000 pounds (almost 32 tons) of infant formula on board the first military aircraft. “Our team works around the clock to make sure baby food is safe for everyone who needs it.”

According to the US government, the machine arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday, from where baby food is to be distributed. The background of the bottlenecks is the failure of the Abbott factory, the largest manufacturer of baby food in the US. Abbott recalled several product lines after four infants became ill and two died, possibly from bacterial contamination. Production at one of the company’s Michigan plants was temporarily halted in February. Biden made bottlenecks a top priority and, among other things, launched a war-time law to increase production.

The background of the bottlenecks is the failure of the Abbott factory, the largest manufacturer of baby food in the US. Abbott recalled several product lines after four infants became ill and two died, possibly from bacterial contamination. Production at one of the company’s Michigan plants was temporarily halted in February. Biden made bottlenecks a top priority and, among other things, launched a war-time law to increase production.

Military flights from Ramstein

Biden also announced “Operation Fly Formula” last week. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered flights to the site on Friday. The White House announced that the Ramstein military planes would initially be used due to an urgent need as no commercial flights were available over the weekend. However, in the future, most deliveries will be handled by commercial aircraft. When asked why the US – one of the richest countries in the world – there may be little baby food at all, Deese replied, “It’s frustrating.”

Abbott CEO Robert Ford expressed regret on Saturday. “We feel sorry for every family we’ve failed since our voluntary recall exacerbated the shortage of formula milk in our country,” Ford wrote in a guest post on the Washington Post. Nevertheless, it is believed that the recall was correct. “We will not take any chances when it comes to children’s health.” It is known that due to the lack of special foods from Abbott, children have been admitted to the hospital who cannot digest other foods and milk. “It’s tragic and painful.”

Ford announced measures to overcome the bottlenecks. Abbott’s boss wrote that the production of this specialty food was given the highest priority. Affected families should be helped by a fund of $ 5 million (EUR 4.73 million). In addition, another Abbott facility that also produces adult products has now been converted into baby food. In addition, baby food is imported from a factory in Ireland. The Michigan facility is slated to reopen in the first week of June. Abbott is also investing in measures to prevent these bottlenecks from reoccurring. (dpa)

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