Dutch baby food manufacturers cannot make up the short-term shortage of baby food in the US. This is partly due to strict American import regulations for baby food.
The shortage in the US is due to production problems. A baby food factory in the state of Michigan was shut down after two babies died from a bacterial infection. Two others became seriously ill. Production was halted and stocks were recalled.
The resulting shortages were exacerbated by the already existing supply problems due to corona and the hoarding of baby food by parents.
Dutch companies would like to deliver
President Biden has asked producers abroad to help. With that call, the Netherlands comes into the picture, as a country that exports a lot of infant formula worldwide.
The CBS VNFKD customized report states that the majority of the total production of infant and dietetic food in the Netherlands, about 78 percent, goes abroad.
A tour of the NOS shows that various manufacturers of baby food are happy to heed the call of the US government.
There are just several hurdles that still need to be overcome. For example, so-called export certificates are mandatory for the export of baby food, reports the Association of Dutch Manufacturers of Children’s and Dietary Foods (VNFKD).
“If they have not yet been exported to the US, they must first be obtained,” explains Carolien Frenkel of the VNFKD. So baby food can’t be shipped to the US “just like that overnight,” says Frenkel.