Danone imports of powdered milk into the United States, which surged following the shortage


Given the current shortage, French multinational food company Danone has begun to significantly increase imports of infant formula from Europe to the United States. Analysis by Reuters..

Ocean Audit, a U.S. customs and transportation consultancy, investigated media company sea freight data and found that Danon shipped infant formula from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands through the Nutricia North America division following the recall of Abbott Laboratories. Did.

Ocean Audit CEO Steve Ferreira told Reuters that the company’s Nutricia division has tripled marine imports into North America, with more than 90% flowing into the United States.

Compared to the 770,000 cans of infant formula imported by Danon Nutricia into the continent from January 1st to May 1st, 2021, it surged to more than 2.4 million cans during the same period this year. Of these, 93 percent came to US ports on the east coast.

A Danon spokeswoman said, “We understand how important it is for families to have access to these special prescriptions, so we serve the most vulnerable infants since the shortage in February. Increasing the production and supply of these medical prescriptions to provide was an absolute priority. “

Following NestlĂ©, Danon is the world’s largest infant formula maker. Illinois-based Abbott is fourth, but the largest in the United States.

On Thursday, the White House unveiled a 246 palette of Nestle milk powder airlifted from Europe. As part of the Operation Fly Formula, priority shipments of three hypoallergenic formulas for children with milk protein allergies will be imported within a few days.

To make up for the current shortage, the US Department of Defense (DOD) has signed an air transport contract to import the NestlĂ© formula, which is “equivalent to up to 1.5 million 8 ounce bottles.”

“These prescriptions serve important medical purposes and are prioritized due to the shortage of supply in the United States due to the closure of the Abbott Sturges plant,” the White House announcement on May 19 said. I am.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has closed its Abbott plant in Sturgis, Michigan, in response to consumer complaints. Four babies allegedly consumed factory-made products became ill and two died.

Abbott Denied their formula It was the reason for my illness.

FDA officials announced on May 16 that they had reached an agreement with Abbott to resume operations at the Sturgis plant. Meanwhile, the company has airlifted millions of milk cans from Ireland to address the shortage.

Naveen Athrappully

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Naveen Athrappully is a news reporter on business and global events in The Epoch Times.