Nestle SA said on Tuesday that it is transporting infant formula supplies from the Netherlands and Switzerland to the United States to help ease a shortfall in American stores.
Nestle said in an emailed statement to Reuters that it is bringing Gerber baby food formula from the Netherlands and Alfamino infant formula from Switzerland to the United States.
“We prioritized these products because they serve a critical medical purpose as they are for babies with cow’s milk protein allergies. Both products were already being imported but we moved shipments up and rushed via air to help fill immediate needs,” the company said.
Since leading U.S. producer Abbott Laboratories recalled hundreds of varieties of its Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare formulas in February, baby formula aisles in U.S. stores have been empty by frightened parents.
Reckitt Benckiser is increasing infant formula manufacturing by around 30% and making more regular deliveries to retailers to address a statewide shortage in American supermarkets, according to a company official who spoke to reporters on Tuesday.