Why on Earth doesn't America import baby formula?

Feeding American babies with European formula is more complicated than it sounds

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A U.S. C-17 military transport plane carrying more than 70,000 pounds of Nestlé's Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior baby formula from Switzerland arrived in Indianapolis from Germany on Sunday. More big shipments of formula from Europe are on the way in the coming days under the Biden administration's Operation Fly Formula.

President Biden signed an executive order authorizing the military to fly in crates of baby formula last week, as part of a broader plan to ease a nationwide shortage, fast. Why is the Pentagon suddenly involved in the baby formula import-export business? Because normally, the U.S. barely imports any formula from abroad. Here's everything you need to know:

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