Abbott Recalls Infant Formula Made At Facility FDA Is Investigating For Bacterial Contamination
Abbott Labs recalls Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brand formula powders made at Sturgis, MI, plant. FDA says complaints about Abbott’s formulas included three reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections, with one death potentially linked, and one of Salmonella Newport infection.
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FDA launches temporary enforcement discretion on infant formula product to help increase supply in US on same day consent decree announced to allow Abbott to restart production at facility closed since February, prompting ongoing formula shortage.
House Appropriations and Energy and Commerce subcommittees will ask about Abbott Nutrition’s recall of infant formula made at its Sturgis, MI, facility. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure there is adequate product available where and when they need it,” says FDA Commissioner Robert Califf.
With Michigan facility closed as cause of bacterial contamination is investigated, FDA announces “has no objection” to Abbott releasing specialty and metabolic formulas “to individuals needing urgent, life-sustaining supplies” on a case-by-case basis.