UK baby milk maker to fly formula to US to help ease shortages

Date Added: May 25, 2022 09:52:54 AM
Author: Sutra Web Directory
Category: News & References

A Lake District-based maker of baby milk will be among the first European manufacturers to fly formula to the US to help ease a shortage that has left many parents struggling to feed their babies.

Kendamil, the only UK-made baby milk brand on the market, produced by the family-owned Kendal Nutricare, has stepped up after Abbott Laboratories, the largest producer in the US with a 40% market share, had a nationwide recall.

The Cumbria-based company will send 100 truckloads of formula – used by the royal family to wean Prince Louis of Cambridge – to the US over the next six months, after the US regulator, the Food and Drug Administration, temporarily eased importation requirements for baby formula until mid-November.

The changes are part of Operation Fly Formula, launched by Joe Biden this month to tackle the shortage that has arisen since Abbott closed a factory in Michigan in February and recalled infant formula products.

That decision followed a federal investigation into the cases of four babies taking the formula who developed bacterial infections, two of whom died. Abbott has said there is no link between its formula and the illnesses.

Will McMahon, the commercial director of Kendal Nutricare, said the Covid-19 pandemic had disrupted the supply chain for infant formula, while the Abbott recall caused a 40%-plus shortage of baby formula on shelves in the US.