Feds Reportedly Got a Warning One Year Before the Baby Food Shortage Happened

Feds Reportedly Got a Warning One Year Before the Baby Food Shortage Happened

Feds Got This Mysterious Message MONTHS Before The Shortage

(FeaturedNews.com) – While parents struggle with the current baby formula shortage, the federal government and Abbott are under fire for their slow response. In addition, a Wall Street Journal exclusive report recently revealed Abbott Laboratories knew about issues at its Sturgis plant manufacturing formula long before government agencies took remedial action.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) whistleblower complaint indicated the company knew about the problem a full year before the February 2022 shutdown. The whistleblower reported the Sturgis plant had equipment in need of repair and failed to conduct proper quality control to ensure the formula was safe before shipping it out to retailers.

Abbott and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received the report in February 2021, right after the whistleblower filed it with OSHA. Two months later, Abbott responded, saying it could not confirm the allegations in the complaint.

The FDA received additional complaints from the same whistleblower in October 2021 alleging product safety concerns. Abbott maintains they are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.

In February 2022, Abbott closed its Sturgis plant due to possible bacterial contamination of formula that led to multiple babies becoming ill. The company also initiated a voluntary recall of its products. No investigations were able to link the plant or the company’s formula with the illnesses.

The FDA said they know the public is questioning the Abbott recall and shutdown. A spokesperson said the agency remains focused on working to reopen the plant to help with the baby formula shortage.

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