Payam Javan: U.S. officials are looking into a significant baby formula manufacturer for potential criminal activity connected to the formula.
After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised Americans not to use specific products made at one of the company’s plants in Sturgis, Michigan, Abbott, one of the nation’s biggest producers of baby formula, issued a voluntary recall in February 2022. Following a whistleblower report, an investigation found unsanitary conditions there.
According to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, the study’s findings “were shocking,” he added while describing the “egregiously unsanitary” conditions.
At the plant, regulators found Cronobacter sakazakii, a germ that can contaminate dry goods like powdered infant formula. Authorities claimed they had been unable to conclusively link the diseases to Abbott’s products.
After Abbott and US authorities agreed on a plan outlining the company’s steps to correct flaws, the Sturgis plant reopened in the middle of 2022.