Abbott lab halts baby formula production again due to new setback

The Abbott Laboratories plant in Sturgis, Michigan that was forced to recall some types of formula in February over contamination concerns, sparking a shortage of the product, will have to shut down again temporarily, further delaying production.

Recent storms in the area caused flooding in some parts of the plant, forcing a pause in the production of EleCare specialty formula. The company alerted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the situation but wants to assure Americans that there is enough existing formula to go around until they can get the plant sanitized and back online.

Dr. Robert M. Califf did his best to soothe the concerns of already-frazzled parents who have had a difficult time finding food for their babies.

“Abbott has been exceeding the monthly quantity of formula that it produced in 2021 – all while the Sturgis facility is out of production. Other producers also continue to make formula at higher-than-average rates, and we continue to exercise flexibility to import add’l formula,” he tweeted.

Twitter reacted with anger and frustration to the news, with many blaming the government for creating these issues:

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