RECKITT REDOUBLES COMMITMENT TO ENDING INFANT FORMULA SHORTAGE BY SCALING UP AIR FREIGHT IMPORTS
Reckitt’s Mead Johnson increases August delivery, significantly larger than July Operation Fly Formula shipment
Parsippany, N.J., August 1, 2022 - Reckitt's Mead Johnson today announced its further commitment to putting more infant formula on shelves in the United States by scaling up and funding air freight for its August and September deliveries of infant formula base powder to the United States from its world-class facility in Singapore.
In August, Reckitt will deliver 350 metric tons (nearly 772,000 pounds) of infant formula base powder that will undergo final blending and packaging in the US. When finished, it will yield approximately 10.9 million 8-oz feedings of Enfamil infant formula, a brand that US consumers have known and trusted for generations. Importantly, the imports from Singapore, approved under the FDA enforcement discretion guidance, will be distributed nationwide to specifically support WIC beneficiaries who are among the most affected by the infant formula shortage. We are aiming to air freight a similar volume again in September.
August’s shipment would be considerably larger than the 192 metric tons that Reckitt delivered from Singapore in July, which was already the largest single flight operation through the Administration’s Operation Fly Formula (OFF) program. The July volume is now on its way to store shelves across the U.S.
Reckitt’s investment to support the nation’s most vulnerable families is part of our efforts to get as much formula on store shelves as possible, to end the shortage. We are working in close coordination with the White House, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as Congress. The Administration delivered our July shipments via Operation Fly Formula. Throughout August and September, Reckitt will be stepping up to self-fund flights via expansion of our Fight For Access Fund, used to support the most vulnerable.
Reckitt is now feeding over 50% of all infants in the U.S. with its Enfamil brand, which is the number one most trusted brand by pediatricians and parents. We will continue to do everything we can to help end the shortage, including running our U.S. production facilities 24/7 and leveraging our international facilities, while ensuring the very highest levels of safety and quality.