55 tons of baby formula arrives in NJ to ease shortage

Airmen stand in the cargo bay of a U.S. Air Force C-17 carrying 78,000 lbs of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula from Europe at Indianapolis Airport on May 22, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The mission, known as Operation Fly Formula, is being executed to address an infant formula shortage caused by the closure of the United States largest formula manufacturing plant due to safety and contamination issues.
Airmen stand in the cargo bay of a U.S. Air Force C-17 carrying 78,000 lbs of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula from Europe at Indianapolis Airport on May 22, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The mission, known as Operation Fly Formula, is being executed to address an infant formula shortage caused by the closure of the United States largest formula manufacturing plant due to safety and contamination issues. Photo credit Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- About 55 tons of Nestlé infant formula landed at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday — enough to fill 1.65 million 8-ounce baby bottles.

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The shipment from the Netherlands is part of a federal program attempting to alleviate nationwide shortages.

Kalitta Air’s shipment is the 37th since President Joe Biden started Operation Fly Formula in May.

Despite months of mitigation attempts, shortages continue across the U.S.

The shortage was brought about by Abbott Nutrition, one of the three manufacturers that control about 90% of formula production in the United States. Abbott controls 48% of the market.

Abbott maintained poor sanitation standards at its factory in Michigan, which caused a batch of Similac baby formula to be contaminated with potentially lethal bacteria in February.

Because the government has allowed Abbott to take up such a large share of the market, the recall brought about by the company’s negligence devastated the nation’s supply of baby formula and threw families into crisis.