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Baby formula shortage: Changes Abbott made ahead of Michigan plant restart
National baby formula shortage leaves moms desperate as doctors warn against long-term health effects
Some infants in America are going hungry because of a baby formula shortage. Stores just can’t keep it in stock and mothers are getting desperate.
Abbott Nutrition, which reached a deal with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Monday to restart its Sturgis, Michigan plant, has to take corrective actions to its manufacturing process before resuming production.
Abbott is obliged to "take actions that are expected to ultimately result in an increase of infant formula products, while ensuring that the company undertakes certain actions that would ensure safe powdered infant formula is produced at the facility," the FDA said in a statement Monday.
After production starts, it will take six to eight weeks before the product is available on shelves.
To ease the fears of parents, who have been scrambling for baby formula for several months, Abbott said it's already started implementing corrective actions and enhancements at the facility, which has been closed since February due to contamination issues, "to give parents and customers renewed confidence in the quality of manufacturing" at the plant.