A plane from Germany with more than 31 tons of cans of baby milk powder intended for the American market, affected by a major shortage, landed on Sunday morning in the United States, according to images broadcast on American television channels. President Joe Biden had earlier announced on Twitter that a plane “loaded with more than 70,000 pounds (more than 31 tons, editor’s note) of formula milk (…) is about to land in Indiana“.
“A flight left Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany overnight, full of baby milk powder, and will land in Indiana (Sunday) morning“, said the economic adviser to the White House, Brian Deese, on the CNN channel. On board, 132 pallets of Nestlé brand infant formula. Other powdered milk deliverieswill arrive at the beginning of the weekon other flights, he added.
Death of two infants
The United States has been experiencing a shortage of baby milk for several months, caused by supply and labor problems linked to Covid-19, then worsened by the closure, in February, of a factory of the manufacturer Abbott in Michigan, after a product recall suspected of causing the deaths of two infants. “We had a manufacturer that broke the rules and made formula that risked making babies sick“lamented Brian Deese.
Abbott CEO Robert Ford apologized in the columns of the Washington Post on Saturday for the shortage that affects thousands of American families, for whom finding milk for their baby has become a real obstacle course. But beyond that, wonders Joe Biden’s main economic adviser, “how did we arrive at a market 90% controlled by three companies?He insisted on the need to think about how tobring more competition in (the) economy“American, of”to have more baby milk suppliers so that no one company has such control over the production lines. And we’re gonna have to work on it“.
Moreover, when asked about the probability that the United States will experience a recession in the coming months, Brian Deese contented himself with pointing out that “there are always risks“, but wanted to be reassuring about the solidity of the American economy. “There is no doubt, the difficulties are great“, he acknowledged, citing in particular inflation, which slowed down a little in April, to 8.3%, after reaching 8.5% in March, its highest level for 40 years.