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US importing baby formula from Mexico to ease shortage

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FILE PHOTO: Shelves normally meant for baby formula sit nearly empty at a store in downtown Washington, DC, on May 22, 2022. (Photo by SAMUEL CORUM/AFP via Getty Images) WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is providing logistical support to import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico starting this weekend, as part of its efforts to ease nationwide supply shortages caused by the closure of the largest U.S.

manufacturing plant.Trucks contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services will drive about 1 million pounds of Gerber Good Start Gentle infant formula from a Nestlé plant to U.S.

retailers, the White House said, nearly doubling the amount imported to the U.S. to date. Cargo flights from Europe and Australia already have brought baby formula into the U.S., including two new rounds of air shipments that begin this weekend.MORE: Online tool helping mothers find baby formula across the countryThe White House has been working to make supply more available as it has faced pressure from parents over supply issues after regulators in February shuttered a Michigan plant run by Abbott that is the largest domestic manufacturer of baby formula over safety concerns.

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