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US importing baby formula from Mexico to ease shortage


WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)— The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is providing logistical support to import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico.

That starts this weekend as part of efforts to ease nationwide supply shortages caused by the closure of the largest U.S. manufacturing plant.

Trucks contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services will drive about 1 million pounds of Gerber Good Start Gentle infant formula from a Nestle plant to U.S. retailers, the White House says. That's nearly double the amount imported to the U.S. to date.

Cargo flights from Europe and Australia already have brought baby formula into the U.S., and more will come this weekend.