Kendamil, the UK’s leading children’s mix, will be delivered to the United States from June 9 as part of the Biden administration’s “Operation Fly Formula,” the president said Wednesday.
United Airlines will be free to carry the formula from Heathrow Airport in London to Chicago O’Hare Airport in Illinois for three weeks. Each parcel will contain over £ 300,000 of formula. The manufacturer, Kendal Nutricare, has promised 2 million cans of baby formula, equivalent to 60 million 8-ounce bottles in its commitment to the US.
Last week, the FDA announced it would enforce some infant formula to increase availability in the United States. Currently approved products by the FDA list include three Stage 1 formulas from Kendamil, six formulas from Australian brand Bubs and a specialized Neocate formula for medical needs.
Kendamil will be available for purchase at a “leading American retailer” whose name was not named in a press release. Parents can visit at US website and Instagram page for the most up-to-date information.
Long before the mixture shortage, many parents in the U.S. had already turned to European baby formulas such as Kendamil, often opening them up by word of mouth. The brand was as reported elected Duchess of Cambridge when it came time to wean Prince Louis.
Kendamil is the only British-made baby milk to receive fresh milk from Red Tractor-accredited farms. Organic and regular cow formulas are available along with goat formulas, which will be the first in the U.S., as no other goat milk formulas are currently certified for sale to infants under one year of age.
A FedEx plane with a second batch of specialized baby formulas arrived at Dulles International Airport on Wednesday.
Whole milk is the main ingredient and source of fat, and vegetable omega-3s are used compared to regular fish oil. Palm oil, a controversial ingredient that is often accused of deforestation, is also not found in Kendamil.
Kendamil has been in discussions with the FDA for weeks since news of the formula shortage and the measures announced by the Biden administration to attract international brands to the United States first appeared.
Ross McMahon, CEO of Kendal Nutricare, said in a statement: “UK-US relations are very strong and we look forward to providing parents from the US with a high-quality formula while supporting British jobs, local farming and organic dairy products.”