FDA provides update on baby formula shortage. Agency to bring in nearly 6.5 million 8-ounce bottles of baby formula from Germany to ease the shortage.

A shipment of about 440,000 pounds or nearly 6.5 million 8-ounce bottles of baby formula from Germany has been authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration under the agency’s recently eased restrictions on which manufacturers can sell formula in the U.S.

The FDA provided an update on the steps it’s taking to increase the nation’s supply of baby formula in a press release on Thursday, June 2, as many stores have been in short supply for several months.

“Our new guidance streamlines the ability for companies, including those that do not normally sell infant formula in this country, to make products available to the U.S. market.” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said at an FDA briefing in May. 

Califf said these flexibilities will mean “additional products can quickly hit U.S. stores.”

The formula from Germany is expected to be available for purchase in June and July, according to the FDA, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services evaluates options for getting the products to the U.S. as quickly as possible.

The product is expected to be sold on Gerber.com and through other online retailers.

FDA provides update on baby formula shortage. Agency to bring in nearly 6.5 million 8-ounce bottles of baby formula from Germany to ease the shortage.

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