STURGIS, Mich. – The Abbott baby formula plant in Western Michigan reportedly halted production earlier this week due to “severe weather” that impacted the area.
Abbott Nutrition says it will have to stop baby formula production once again until the plan is cleaned and re-sanitized. The news comes just after the plant reopened for production after being closed by the government over contamination issues. The initial closure contributed to a nationwide shortage of baby formula affecting families nationwide.
Officials say the latest shutdown in Sturgis will likely delay the production and distribution of new products for a few weeks. However, the FDA says they have more than enough products to meet the current demand.
FDA Commissioner Robert Califf tweeted Wednesday night that he spoke to Abbott’s CEO, and they discussed their “shared desire to get the facility up and running again as quickly as possible.”
Today, we were made aware of the weather-related situation at Abbott’s Sturgis, Mich. facility. I personally spoke to the CEO tonight and we discussed our shared desire to get the facility up and running again as quickly as possible.— Dr. Robert M. Califf (@DrCaliff_FDA) June 16, 2022
Previously, from June 3: What was happening inside the Abbott baby formula plant and when work will resume