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FDA investigating death of another infant fed Abbott baby formula

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6/23/2022 Abigail Adcox
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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating another infant's death following consumption of Abbott Laboratories baby formula.

The FDA became aware of the death, which occurred in January, through a consumer complaint it received June 10, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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The FDA did not specify which type of formula the baby from the new report had consumed or from which Abbott plant but said the investigation was in its early stages. The FDA previously acknowledged complaints about nine infant deaths, though only two were tied to an Abbott plant.

The FDA discovered numerous problems at Abbott's baby formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan, last fall, coinciding with reports of babies being hospitalized with a rare bacterial infection. Cronobacter sakazakii, which can be deadly to infants, was found in four babies who had consumed formula from the plant, two of whom died, leading to a recall of the formula and a shutdown of the plant.

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An inspection of the Sturgis plant uncovered unsanitary conditions earlier this year, though the FDA has not determined if the conditions were definitively linked to the bacterial infections. The plant has since resumed formula production but had to be shut down again earlier this month after flooding at the site.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Abbott for comment.

 

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