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Abbott infant formula plant closes again after severe storm and flooding

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Abbott manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The plant reopened on June 4 but closed less than two weeks later after severe weather led to flooding in some areas.

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Abbott manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The plant reopened on June 4 but closed less than two weeks later after severe weather led to flooding in some areas.

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Abbott stopped production of infant formula at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan less than two weeks after restarting due to severe thunderstorms causing the plant to flood.

The company announced a pause in production in a statement on Wednesday, adding that he would re-sanitize the plant and production would likely resume in a few weeks.

“Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain hit southwest Michigan on Monday evening, resulting in high winds, hail, power outages and flood damage throughout the area. These torrential storms produced significant amounts of rainfall in a short period of time, which overwhelmed the city’s stormwater system at Sturgis. Michigan, which led to the flooding of some areas of the city, including the territory of our plant, ”the company said.

“As a result, Abbott has discontinued production of its custom EleCare formula, which was underway to assess storm damage and clean and re-disinfect the plant,” the company added.

The company said it has informed the Food and Drug Administration and will conduct extensive testing to ensure the facility is safe to resume production.

“This will likely delay production and distribution of the new product by several weeks,” Abbott said.

Abbott says that despite the plant’s closure, there is an ample supply of specialty blends.

The company just announced it was reopening the plant on June 4th and planned to release the EleCare formula to consumers on June 20th. formulas for recent consumers until no longer available.

Production of EleCare, intended for infants with cow’s milk allergy, has been halted at the Sturgis plant since February, when the plant closed after an accident. Cronobacteria Sacosakia bacterial contamination.

Abbott also announced a voluntary recall of EleCare and other specialty formulas in mid-February after it learned four babies had developed bacterial infections and were eating products made at the Michigan plant. As a result, two babies died.

The recall only exacerbated a serious shortage of infant formula across the country, which had been a major stressor for parents for several months.

To alleviate the situation, the Biden administration is working with manufacturers to import infant formula from overseas. President Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act in May to help US manufacturing.

Abbott says it’s almost back to the level of formula production it was in January, even though the Sturgis plant is down.

Dr. Robert M. Califf, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, tweeted that the storm was “an unfortunate failure”. He added that the measures already in place mean there should be enough product in the US to meet demand, and that the FDA and Abbott want to get the facility up and running quickly and safely again.

“We know Abbott is working quickly on damage assessments and will update us on progress in the coming days,” Kaliff said. “Once the company has a plan in place, the FDA will return to the facility to ensure they can quickly resume production of safe, quality products.”



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