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    Last fall, the FDA began zeroing in on the Abbott facility in Michigan while tracking several bacterial infections in infants who had consumed formula manufactured by the company. The four cases the FDA was tracking occurred between this past September and January, two of the infants died, and others were hospitalized. The FDA was scheduled to begin inspecting the plant late last December, but, according to Abbott, about a dozen employees had tested positive for COVID-19, and the company subsequently requested to reschedule the FDA's investigation. Because of this, the FDA was unable to begin its inspection until the end of January. The FDA is still unable to reach a conclusion as to whether the bacteria found in the plant is what caused the infant infections. Abbott claims that there is no direct evidence linking its products to the illnesses and deaths. Abbott’s Vice President Christopher Calamari apologized to lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives while he was being questioned on Wednesday, but he stopped short of directly answering whether employees were terminated or otherwise disciplined for problems found...
    (CNN) — More baby formula is expected on store shelves as soon as this weekend through a variety of government efforts. On Wednesday, 60 tons of formula landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington from Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the second shipment from Europe as part of the Biden administration’s Operation Fly Formula. That effort was started to address the nationwide shortage that was exacerbated by the closure of formula maker Abbott Nutrition’s plant in February after several inspections by the US Food and Drug Administration found “insanitary conditions.” READ MORE: Here's How To Travel Safely And Efficiently For Memorial Day WeekendChris Calamari, who leads Abbott’s nutrition division, apologized for his company’s role in the shortage Wednesday at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. “On behalf of everyone at Abbott, I want to express our extraordinary disappointment about the shortage. We are deeply, deeply sorry,” Calamari said. Abbott said Tuesday that it plans to restart work at its Sturgis, Michigan, plant on June 4, with the first batches of new formula expected...
    A woman who suffers from the rare 'maple syrup urine disease' says that the formula shortage striking much of the nation may kill her. Hannah Dolins, 28, requires specialized metabolic formula at every meal in order to live, as her condition prevents her body from properly breaking down proteins in other food. She goes through around three cases of Ketonex-2 formula every month, but because of nationwide supply shortages she has not been able to purchase a new case for three months now. Her supplies are dwindling, and she tells Insider that she fear the shortage will lead to death. A recent COVID-19 infection she has suffered has only made matters worse as well.  While she is an adult, many parents around the country are telling similar tales of how these recent shortages have placed them in a spot where they worry how they can feed their baby every day.  Hannah Dolins (pictured), 28, suffers from a rare condition called maple syrup urine disease, that requires her to consume metabolic formula every day Dolins (pictured) warns that she may die if...
    Shelves normally meant for baby formula sit nearly empty at a store in downtown Washington, DC, on May 22, 2022.Samuel Corum | AFP | Getty Images Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told lawmakers on Thursday that it will take until July before store shelves across the country are filled with baby formula again. "It's going to be gradual improvement up to probably somewhere around two months until the shelves are replete again," Califf said during testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Abbott plans to resume production at its Sturgis, Michigan plant on June 4, and it will start shipping out its specialty formula EleCare on June 20. The company has previously said it would take six-to-eight weeks for its formula to arrive in stores once production restarts. The FDA has eased import restrictions to allow foreign manufacturers to send formula to the U.S., and the Defense Department is airlifting in the equivalent of 1.5 million bottles of formula from Europe. Abbott closed the plant and recalled several infant formula products in February after...
    (CBS4) – As a new shipment of baby formula arrives in the United States from Germany, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, representing Colorado’s 1st District, led a hearing today with the FDA and the Abbott factory at the center of the formula shortage. As CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd reported, DeGette is leading a federal inquiry into the shortage. DeGette is the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. (credit: CBS) “Abbott is not blameless. The company appears to have neglected essential manufacturing and cleaning processes,” she said. “Abbott actually did start remediating the plant, but it was so bad. We met with them yesterday. There were so many steps since day one – they are still not ready to go,” said Dr. Robert Califf, an FDA Commissioner. (credit: CBS) DeGette says the federal government is partly to blame for the shortage after giving one company, Abbott, the sole contract for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) the federal program that subsidizes formula for about a million low-income moms. The FDA says the plant will be ready...
    The "unsanitary conditions" that led to the closure of a baby formula plant in February, which helped fuel a widespread formula shortage, were detailed to Congress on Wednesday. A list of problems at the Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Michigan, included a leaking roof, standing water, cracks in equipment enabling bacterial growth, and a previous citation for inadequate handwashing, Dr. Robert Califf, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, told a House panel. "There is no dispute that the facility was unacceptably insanitary as evidenced by the consent decree," Califf said. "Frankly, the inspection results were shocking." PREGNANCY CARE CENTERS PROTECT BABIES AND THEIR MOTHERS The FDA has worked with Justice Department officials to dictate what steps the company needed to take to reopen, which is expected to be June 4, an Abbott spokesman told the New York Times. Abbott is "committed to ensuring that this never happens again” and is verifying that every step is in place to ensure the quality checks are working throughout the 700,000-square-foot facility, Christopher Calamari, Abbott Nutrition's...
    House members grilled an Abbott Nutrition executive about the company’s failure to address health and safety violations at a Michigan manufacturing plant that helped drive a national shortage of baby formula. House Energy and Commerce Committee members probed executives at major formula makers Abbott Nutrition, Gerber, and Reckitt in a marathon round of questioning Wednesday over the industry’s response to the ongoing shortage. Members pressed Christopher Calamari, Abbott's senior vice president for U.S. Nutrition, particularly hard over the company’s failure to remedy health violations at Abbott’s Sturgis, Michigan, manufacturing plant before the February recall that shuttered the plant and exacerbated the shortage. FTC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO INFANT FORMULA MARKET AMID SHORTAGE CRISIS “I have to be really clear about why we're here today: because Abbott Nutrition has consistently failed for years to implement basic safety procedures at Sturgis,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI). Abbott was placed under the microscope in Wednesday’s hearing, which started with testimony from Food and Drug Administration leadership. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf put forward a timeline of actions the agency took to...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal efforts to inspect a baby formula factory linked to the nationwide shortage were delayed by COVID-19, scheduling conflicts and even a missing piece of mail, according to prepared testimony from the head of the Food and Drug Administration.FDA Commissioner Robert Califf is set to answer questions Wednesday from House lawmakers probing the events leading to the formula shortage, which has forced the U.S. to begin airlifting products from Europe while many parents still hunt for scarce supplies in stores.Califf will lay out a series of setbacks that slowed FDA's response by several months, including a COVID-19 outbreak at the plant and a whistleblower complaint that didn't reach FDA leadership due to a "mailroom failure."The shortage is largely tied to problems at Abbott Nutrition's Michigan plant, the largest in the U.S., which the FDA shut down in February due to contamination. In prepared remarks, Califf gives the first detailed account of why it took his agency months to inspect the plant after learning of potential problems as early as September.RELATED | Father puts 1,000 miles on his...
    [The stream is slated to start at 11 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] The head of the Food and Drug Administration and executives from the infant formula industry are set to answer questions from House lawmakers Wednesday about the nationwide shortage that has left parents struggling to find food for their infants. The House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing will begin at 11 a.m. Lawmakers will question FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, FDA food policy chief Frank Yiannis, and the director of the FDA's food safety center Susan Mayne during the first portion of the hearing. The FDA has come under scrutiny from lawmakers for not acting quickly enough to inspect Abbott Nutrition's infant formula plant in Sturgis, Mich., after a whistleblower warned the agency in October about food safety violations at the plant. The FDA didn't initiate inspections of the plant until late January, ultimately finding Cronobacter – a bacteria that can cause a dangerous blood infection – at the facility. Four infants who consumed powdered formula from...
    (CNN) – There is now a better idea of when more baby formula will show up in stores, as Abbott says it’ll reopen the plant at the heart of a nationwide recall June 4. Supplies should start hitting store shelves about two weeks later. READ MORE: Justen Watkins, 25, Leader White Supremacist Group Sent To PrisonIn the meantime, the second flight of the Biden Administration’s “Operation Fly Formula” lands today. “It was heart wrenching because her face just turned blue and she was just so limp in my arms,” said Jessica Reyes, Grandmother This woman says her three-month-old granddaughter had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a new kind of baby formula. The girl’s mother says she had switched brands due to the shortage. To help such families, the second round of “Operation Fly Formula,” arrives today. “About a million, the equivalent of a million eight-ounce containers, will end up on store shelves two weeks sooner than they would otherwise,” said Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. READ MORE: Lawsuit Accuses 3 Automakers, Parts Manufacturer Of Knowingly Selling Faulty AirbagsThe British company...
    (CNN)Congressional leaders will press baby formula manufacturers and government regulators at a hearing Wednesday in their efforts to find out what happened to the US baby formula supply and why it's taking so long to restock store shelves.In a background memo released in advance of the hearing, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, laid out a timeline of the crisis, which started with supply chain problems and worsened considerably after a nationwide recall and the shutdown of a manufacturing plant that produced nearly half the infant formula consumed in the United States.The memo says that as many as 75% of American caregivers partially depend on formula to provide nutrients to their infants up to 6 months of age. The shortage has been most acute for low-income families, those in rural areas and children with medical needs that limit the kinds of formulas they can drink. Abbott plans to restart plant at the heart of the baby formula recall on June 4Three companies manufacture 95% of the baby formula sold in the United...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal plans to inspect a baby formula factory linked to the nationwide shortage were slowed by COVID-19, scheduling conflicts and other logistical problems, according to prepared testimony from the head of the Food and Drug Administration. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf is set to answer questions Wednesday from House lawmakers probing the events leading to the formula shortage, which has forced the U.S. to begin airlifting products from Europe while many parents still hunt for scarce supplies. The problem is largely tied to problems at Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan plant, the largest in the U.S., which the FDA shut down in February due to contamination. In prepared remarks, Califf gives the first detailed account of why it took his agency months to inspect the plant after first learning of potential problems last fall. Members of an Energy and Commerce subcommittee will also hear from three infant formula manufacturers, including a top Abbott executive. FDA staff began honing in on problems at Abbott’s plant after tracking four bacterial infections in infants who had consumed formula from the facility. The...
    (CNN)Abbott Nutrition said Tuesday that it plans to restart work at the Sturgis, Michigan, plant at the heart of the nationwide baby formula recall on June 4, with the first batches of new formula expected to be available to consumers on or around June 20.When the plant resumes manufacturing formula, the company confirmed to the US Food and Drug Administration, it will start with EleCare and other specialty metabolic formulas. Abbott will also release about 300,000 cans of EleCare Specialty Formula on a case-by-case basis to people who need it urgently. This is an amino acid-based hypoallergenic product for babies who can't tolerate cow's milk in other formulas due to an intolerance or allergy. Baby formula arrives in Indianapolis from Germany on US military aircraft to address critical needThis formula was not a part of the company's recall earlier in the year, but it has been on hold at the Sturgis plant because the agency was concerned that it was produced under "insanitary conditions." The FDA said the formula will undergo enhanced testing to make sure it is safe.The formula...
    A woman shops for baby formula at Target in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 16, 2022, as a nationwide shortage of baby formula continues due to supply chain crunches tied to the coronavirus pandemic that have already strained the countrys formula stock, an issue that was further exacerbated by a major product recall in February.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday launched an investigation into infant formula manufacturers to find out whether corporate mergers contributed to a nationwide shortage by concentrating the industry. FTC Chair Lina Khan said that the commission would also investigate whether formula makers and distributors engaged in illegal economic discrimination that limited availability at some retailers. "Discriminatory terms and conditions can exacerbate the inability of some grocers, pharmacies, and other stores to source products in short supply, impacting both rural and inner-city communities in particular," Khan said in a statement Tuesday. Parents across the country have struggled to find formula for their infants at stores after Abbott Nutrition shut down its plant in Sturgis, Michigan in February due to bacterial contamination....
    The National Republican Congressional Committee released a campaign ad falsely blaming Democrats for the formula shortage. An ad released on Tuesday by the National Republican Congressional Committee politicizes the ongoing shortage of baby formula in the United States, falsely blaming President Joe Biden and Democrats for the crisis. With a soundtrack that consists solely of the crying of an infant, the ad charges in words that appear against the background of a darkened room containing a crib, "The nationwide baby formula shortage is getting worse. Mothers can't feed their babies. But Joe Biden & House Democrats have failed to fix the crisis." The ad entirely ignores the actual causes of the shortage and the actions taken by the Biden administration to fix it. The shortage — the result of a number of a number of factors, including COVID-19-related supply chain issues; legal restrictions on the importation and sale of formula manufactured outside the United States; and the concentration of domestic manufacturing among four companies, Abbott Nutrition, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Nestlé USA, and Perrigo — was made critical by a massive...
    In this article FDXEmpty shelves show a shortage of baby formula at a Target store in San Antonio, Texas, May 10, 2022.Kaylee Greenlee Beal | ReutersFedEx Express has secured a government contract to bring another shipment of infant formula to the U.S. on Wednesday, NBC News reported. The Express plane will fly from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. It's unclear how much formula the plane will carry. The move is meant to address a critical shortage of baby formula in the United States after top formula maker Abbott Laboratories closed a manufacturing plant following reports of bacterial infections in four infants. Abbott said it would take about two weeks to reopen the plant and up to eight weeks for products to hit the shelves nationwide. That's left a wide gap for scores of parents across the nation. In an effort to ease the burden, the Food and Drug Administration is increasing baby formula imports from other countries. The first shipment, carrying 78,000 pounds of specialty infant formula, arrived Sunday. President Joe Biden has...
    In this article ABTThe Abbott manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan, on May 13, 2022.Jeff Kowalsky | AFP | Getty ImagesAbbott Laboratories CEO Robert Ford apologized Saturday in a new op-ed for his company's role in a nationwide shortage of baby formula, which this week moved Congress and the Biden administration to take emergency actions to alleviate it. Ford also detailed steps the company is taking to stem the shortage, and vowed, "We are making significant investments to ensure this never happens again." Ford's apology in a Washington Post op-ed noted that the shortage was sparked by the company's recall in February of formula made at Abbott Nutrition's plant in Sturgis, Michigan, after federal health officials found a potentially deadly bacteria there. The plant was responsible for producing up to 25% of the nation's baby formula. "We at Abbott take great pride in helping people with diabetes check their glucose, providing critical coronavirus testing and making lifesaving heart devices," Ford wrote in the op-ed. "And yes, we take great pride in manufacturing nutrition and formula to feed America's infants, including our...