Abbott Baby Formula Plant Halts Production Again

Headline Roundup June 16th, 2022

Abbott's baby formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan has again halted baby formula production, this time due to damage from severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. 

The plant had been reopened on June 6th after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closed it down in February due to reports of bacterial infections from the powdered formula.  Abbott says they have an ample supply of Elecare and other specialty formulas to meet consumer demand until plant production can be restarted.

The closure will again put pressure on a shortage of baby formula that has resulted from the plant closure and supply chain disruptions.  Parents continue to search for baby formula as roughly a quarter of common baby formula products remain out of stock. For children with digestive problems, metabolic disorders, and allergies, the shortage has been most severe since the Abbott plant is the only U.S. source of many of these products. Abbott is one of just four companies that produce about 90% of the U.S. baby formula supply.

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Less than two weeks after resuming production amid a recall tied to a national baby formula shortage, manufacturer Abbott Nutrition announced Wednesday it is again pausing operation for some products at its Sturgis facility.

In a statement, Abbott said severe weather and rainfall that reached the state's southwest side this week overwhelmed the city's stormwater system and resulted in flooding in areas of the plant.

"As a result, 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," Abbott...

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Abbott has stopped production of EleCare formula in its Sturgis, Michigan, plant after severe storms led to flooding inside the plant, the company said, probably delaying production of new formula for a few weeks.

Production at the plant had restarted less than two weeks ago following a months-long closure that helped drive a nationwide formula shortage.

"Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains came through southwestern Michigan on Monday evening, resulting in high winds, hail, power outages and flood damage throughout the area," Abbott said in a statement Wednesday night. "These torrential storms produced significant rainfall...

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Abbott is halting production of baby formula at a recently reopened Michigan facility due to damage from severe weather, the company said on Wednesday.

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains have flooded parts of an Abbott baby formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan, according to the company. As a result, Abbott has stopped production of its EleCare baby formula. The company said cleanup efforts at the plant could delay the release of new baby formula from the Sturgis facility for weeks.

"These torrential storms produced significant rainfall in a short period of time — overwhelming the city’s...

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