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United States: an airlift to solve the shortage of baby milk

2022-05-18T23:33:02.381Z

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday May 18 the establishment of an airlift and the use of a law dating from the Cold War to try to...



President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday (May 18) the establishment of an airlift and the use of Cold War-era legislation to try to solve the shortage of baby milk in the United States, which has become a political headache. for its administration.

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The Department of Defense

“will use its contracts with commercial cargo airlines, as it did during the first months of the Covid pandemic, to transport products from factories overseas”

meeting the standards of American security, the White House said in a statement.

This project, called "Operation Fly Formula" ("operation flight of powdered milk", in French), will

"accelerate the importation and distribution of baby milk"

, providing support to

"manufacturers who continue to increase their production

,” she added.

Political crisis

Joe Biden also appealed to the “Defense Production Act”, a text inherited from the Cold War, in order to require producers of the ingredients necessary for the production of infant milk to deliver in priority the manufacturers of this essential commodity to the parents of young children.

"Asking companies to prioritize and allocate

(their resources)

to the production of key baby milk ingredients will facilitate increased production and speed up supply chains

," the White House said in a statement.

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Initially caused by supply chain problems and a lack of labor due to the pandemic, the shortage of baby milk was made worse when in February an Abbott factory in Michigan closed, after a product recall suspected of causing the deaths of two infants.

The situation has turned into a political crisis for the Biden administration, criticized for its action deemed too late.

Source: lefigaro

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