190,000 pounds of formula milk from Australia lands in the United States

About 95,000 boxes of baby formula arrived in the United States from Australia on Sunday, potentially offering relief to many families who have struggled to get formula in recent weeks.

Bubs Australia has struck a deal with US grocery chains Kroger Co. and Albertsons Companies to import the formula as part of Operation Fly Formula’s fourth flight, the company has announced.

“We extend our thanks to our retail partners, who [endeavor] that our products get to retail shelves across the United States quickly and to the stores that need them most with the highest out-of-stock rates,” Bubs Founder and CEO Kristy Carr said in a statement. communicated.

Sunday’s shipment, which landed in Los Angeles, is one of two entries into the United States this week from Bubs, with the second arriving Thursday in Columbus, Ohio.

The two shipments combined will bring more than 4 million 8-ounce bottles, or 380,000 pounds, of infant formula to shelves at Albertsons and Kroger starting June 20.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transports pallets of Nestlé infant formula to Indianapolis during Operation Fly Formula, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2022.

U.S. Air Force via Reuters

In recent weeks, the Biden administration has been pushing to restock store shelves across the country after a massive formula shortage forced mothers to take to social media to swap formula.

According to the White House, it has reached agreements to bring nearly 128 million bottles of formula to the United States

“There’s nothing more stressful than feeling like you can’t get what your child needs,” President Joe Biden said during a virtual meeting with members of his administration and formula makers. on June 1, adding that his administration will use “every tool available.” to quickly restock the shelves.

Last month, Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to address the shortage so suppliers can get needed ingredients to formula makers as quickly as possible.

ABC News’ Sasha Pezenik contributed to this report.

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