Danone Wexford steps up to help USA baby food shortage

Wexford company Danone has been drafted in to help fly emergency supplies to the US market after the products of the largest American infant formula manufacturing plant were recalled earlier this year over fears of contamination.

Danone has finalised plans in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration to send 750,000 cans of Aptamil manufactured at its Rocklands plant on the outskirts of Wexford town to the United States to help mitigate a nationwide formula shortage. The supply will be made available to American families starting in July.

Many American parents have been left struggling to buy infant formula following a major reduction in stocks with the issue connected to the closure earlier this year by manufacturers Abbot Laboratories of a factory in Michigan after infant formula products were recalled.

Danone is a leading manufacturer of baby nutrition formula around the world and Aptamil, based on breast milk research, is the number one formula brand in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

The company said it is continuing to explore ways to increase production and supply to meet the critical need being experienced by American families.

A Danone spokesperson said:

“As a leading manufacturer of baby formula globally, at Danone we understand how important it is for families to access these formulas. That is why, in response to the baby formula shortages in the United States, and in collaboration with the US authorities, we have continued to explore ways to increase production and supply to meet this critical need for American families and serve all the babies we can,”

And the Wexford plant, where Danone employees 350 people, is contributing to managing the supply chain and production requirements to respond to this, in collaboration with the US authorities.