Michigan Abbott plant resumes production of Similac infant formula

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This week, Abbott Nutrition announced it was resuming production of Similac infant formula at its struggling Sturgis, Michigan plant, which closed earlier this year and contributed to a national infant formula shortage.

The company, which is the largest producer of infant formula in the United States, said it could take up to six weeks for Similac to hit shelves.

“We know that the shortage of infant formula across the country has been difficult for the families we serve, and during this restart of production of Similac “Michigan is a milestone, we will not have rest until this product back on the shelves,” Robert Ford, CEO of Abbott Nutrition, said in a statement.

Formula milk is displayed on the shelves of a grocery store in Carmel, Indiana on May 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File/AP Newsroom)

The Michigan plant closed in February and many infant formula brands were called out when the Food and Drug Administration investigated bacterial infections in infants, two of which were fatal.

Abbott said the bacterial infection was not caused by their products.

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The plant reopened briefly in June to produce EleCare’s specialty formula, but was closed weeks later because severe thunderstorms flooded parts of the facility. He. It breeds again in July.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eased import restrictions on foreign-made baby foods in response to shortages earlier this year.

Shelves filled with formula milk are mostly empty at a store in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Eric Gay/AP Newsroom)

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Stock-outs of baby formula reached 43% in May, forcing stores to limit the amount customers can buy.

Meanwhile, John David Rainey, Walmart’s chief financial officer, said last week that shortages have eased in recent weeks.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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