95,000 tins of baby formula from Australia land at LAX to help fight nationwide shortage

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
95,000 tins of baby formula arrive in LA amid nationwide shortage
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Another shipment of 95,000 tins of baby formula arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A large shipment of baby formula arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday.

This shipment totaled about 95,000 tins of formula sent by an Australian company to Kroger and Albertsons grocery stores.

It's all part of President Joe Biden's Operation Fly Formula, which has flown hundreds of thousands of pounds of baby formula to the U.S. over the past several weeks.

This comes as the city of Los Angeles imposed a local emergency declaration last week to prevent price gouging of formula.

READ MORE: LA City Council ratifies emergency declaration to prevent price gouging amid baby formula shortage

Under a local emergency declaration, it is illegal for any person or business to sell baby or toddler formula for more than 10% of the price charged prior to the emergency declaration, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

The baby formula shortage was caused in part after Abbott Nutrition halted production at a Michigan factory for months due to contamination concerns.

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