USA to import New Zealand infant formula

Monday, 04 July, 2022

USA to import New Zealand infant formula

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that America will be importing infant formula from New Zealand to help address its ongoing shortages of the product.

In May, an announcement was made that Australian formula would be imported into America to alleviate the shortages after a large factory in Michigan was shut down due to four babies becoming ill with Cronobacter sakazakii infection after formula from that factory was consumed. The FDA is currently investigating the factory, and products from the plant have been recalled.

In an additional step to help alleviate this ongoing issue in the US, an infant formula produced in New Zealand by Danone, Aptamil Gold Plus, will be imported into America. Over half a million cans will be brought into the country, which equates to about 16.5 million full-sized bottles of milk. The product should be available in the US by August.

To date, the FDA has allowed 22 formulas produced outside of the US to be imported and sold in the US to help deal with the product shortages.

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