Commissaries in England will see shortage of U.S. milk
Cold weather and snow that hammered Britain during the past week will mean a shortage of U.S. milk at commissaries this week.
Snow and subzero temperatures have made it harder for dairy farmers to get their raw product to processing plants that fortify the milk with vitamins A and D before it hits commissary shelves, according to Geri Young, a spokeswoman with the Defense Commissary Agency.
As a result, she said Friday, on Monday commissary shoppers can expect to see British-style milk that is not vitamin A- and D-fortified, as normal American milk is.
The British milk being delivered Monday is a “totally acceptable product” that is sold in British stores, according to Terry Batenhorst, director of operations for DeCA Europe. “The packaging looks exactly alike,” he said.
DeCA officials hope to have American-style milk flowing again at commissaries by Wednesday, weather permitting.
The Livorno, Italy, commissary is also facing a milk shortage this weekend — a problem caused by some delivery snafus — but is expecting a delivery Monday, Young said.
Milk was moved from commissary stocks at Aviano and Vicenza, Italy, on Friday to counter this shortage, she said.