Reckitt Mead Johnson Receives FDA Approval to Import 66 Million Servings of Formula

Amid the continued shortage of infant formula in the United States, Reckitt Mead Johnson yesterday received confirmation of import clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via a Discretionary Enforcement Letter . The company aims to import the equivalent of 66 million 8-ounce servings of basic infant formula powder from its factory in Reckitt’s Tuas, Singapore, by November 2022, or 15.5 million 8 ounce servings per month.1

Reckitt confirmed that he will work closely with the administration and Operation Fly Formula, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, General Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense tasked with picking up infants overseas. formula that meets US health and safety standards and get it to US stores faster.2

This supply, according to the press release announcing the agreement, would represent the largest contribution ever by a manufacturer to help solve the continuing shortage of infant formula in the United States and feed more than 130,000 additional infants per month, in mean.1

The company said it would prioritize available channels for parents eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

“We appreciate the administration’s action and commitment to ensuring the high standards of infant formula safety and quality in the United States,” Pat Sly, president of Reckitt’s nutrition business, said in the communicated. “We are grateful for the support of the government, our supply chain partners and employees around the world, who have stepped up to enable us to take all possible measures to end this shortage as soon as possible. FDA import approval, along with the Defense Production Act, is helping us significantly increase our supply to help more infant formula reach store shelves and parents who need it.”

References:

  1. Reckitt’s Mead Johnson receives FDA approval to import 66 million servings of infant formula for vulnerable consumers. Cision PR Newswire. Press release. Published June 15, 2022. Accessed June 16, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/reckitts-mead-johnson-receives-fda-approval-to-import-66-million-servings-of-infant-formula-focusing-on-vulnerable-consumers- 301569076.html
  2. U.S. Transportation Command launches Operation Flight Form. US Department of Defense. Published May 23, 2022. Accessed June 16, 2022. https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/3040224/us-transportation-command-kicks-off-operation-fly-formula/