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Press Release - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack To Travel To Indiana To Greet First Shipment Under Operation Fly Formula

May 21, 2022

Tomorrow, May 22, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana. There he will greet the arrival of the first shipment of formula brought to the United States under Operation Fly Formula in response to the infant formula shortage caused by Abbott Nutrition's voluntary recall.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ordered yesterday the first flight supporting Operation Fly Formula. Due to the urgency of the situation, this will be U.S. military aircraft flight and depart Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The flight will transport 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino® Infant and Alfamino® Junior formula to Indianapolis, Indiana. These formulas have been prioritized because they serve a critical medical purpose and are in short supply in the United States because of the Abbott Sturgis plant closure. Additional flights will be announced in the coming days.

President Biden launched Operation Fly Formula to speed up the import of infant formula to increase US supply. Under Operation Fly Formula, USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are authorized to request DOD support to pick up overseas infant formula that meets U.S. health and safety standards, so it can get to store shelves faster. Alfamino is primarily available through hospitals and home health care companies that serve patients at home.

Tomorrow's event in Indianapolis will be open to press. Credentialed members of the media should RSVP to press@usda.gov.

More details to follow.

Joseph R. Biden, Press Release - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack To Travel To Indiana To Greet First Shipment Under Operation Fly Formula Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/356046

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