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Abbott halts EleCare production at Michigan baby formula plant after severe storm, flooding

 
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Abbott halts EleCare production at Michigan baby formula plant after severe storm, flooding
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Abbott halts EleCare production at Michigan baby formula plant after severe storm, flooding
Wyatte Grantham-Philips
USA TODAY







After severe storms barreled through the Midwest this week, Abbott Nutrition halted production of EleCare infant formula at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan due to flooding, the company announced on Wednesday.

Production and distribution of new product would likely be delayed for several weeks – but there is currently enough supply to meet demand until production begins again, Abbott said.

"Abbott has stopped production of its EleCare specialty formula that was underway to assess damage caused by the storm and clean and re-sanitize the plant," the company said in a statement. "We have informed FDA and will conduct comprehensive testing in conjunction with the independent third party to ensure the plant is safe to resume production."

Sturgis is the same Abbott plant that shut down in February and was closed for months due to contamination. As the largest formula factory in the country, the Sturgis closure helped trigger the now ongoing baby formula shortage nationwide. Abbott supplies 46.2% of the U.S. supply of baby formula, and about one-quarter was historically produced at the Michigan plant.

Shortage impacts:Baby formula shortage hits low-income women, moms of color hardest

FILE - An Abbott Laboratories manufacturing plant is shown in Sturgis, Mich., on Sept. 23, 2010. Severe weather has forced Abbott Nutrition to pause production at a Michigan baby formula factory that had just restarted. The company said late Wednesday, June 15, 2022 that production for its EleCare specialty formula has stopped, but it has enough supply to meet needs until more formula can be made. (Brandon Watson/Sturgis Journal via AP)
The February closure came after the Food and Drug Administration began investigating four bacterial infections among infants who consumed powdered formula from the plant. Two died. Abbott continues to state that its products have not been directly linked to the infections, which involved different bacterial st...
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