Abbott Nutrition infant formula recall prompts Senate investigation
Abbott Nutrition Infant Formula Recall Overview:
- WHO: Senators Patty Murray and Bob Casey are asking Abbott Nutrition to turn over documents related to the company’s infant formula recall last week.
- Why: The request comes after it was revealed that the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Abbott knew the babies were sick from formula since September 2021, but only issued a recall last week.
- Or: The recall has been issued in the United States, Canada and about three dozen other countries.
Senators are demanding that Abbott Nutrition turn over documents related to its recent infant formula recall linked to the hospitalization of four babies after it was revealed the company may have known about the contamination since September last year.
On Feb. 25, Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) sent a letter to Abbott CEO and Chairman Robert Ford asking the company to explain the delay in its reminder, POLITICO reports.
“It is completely unacceptable that manufacturing conditions allowed a contaminated product to reach babies and that it took months for the company to take action to warn parents and caregivers of this danger,” the authors wrote. senators.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert on its website on February 17, urging parents not to purchase or use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas manufactured by Abbott Nutrition after four babies consumed the formula and fell ill or died.
At the time, health officials said they were investigating four consumer complaints of childhood illnesses linked to products from Abbott Nutrition’s facilities in Sturgis, Michigan.
Complaints include three reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one report of Salmonella Newport infection. All of the sick babies would have consumed powdered infant formula produced at Abbott Nutrition’s facilities in Sturgis.
Agencies Performing Lab Tests, Recall Investigation
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says it has since received reports of other Cronobacter sakazakii cases that may be linked to the outbreak, POLITICO reports, including reports in Texas and Maryland.
“The CDC and FDA are conducting additional testing and laboratory investigations to better understand these cases,” the CDC said in a Feb. 25 update.
In the letter, the Democratic senators ask Abbott to provide “all internal documents and communications” regarding contamination, consumer complaints and the use of consultants outside the Michigan plant that produced the formula.
The recall includes specialized formulas for people with food allergies and intolerances.
The shortage caused by the recall has left many parents scrambling to feed their children, according to reports. The formula has been recalled in about three dozen countries.
The senators asked for “assurances that [Abbott] makes every effort to… ensure that parents and caregivers have the information they need.
Murray and Casey set a March 10 deadline for Abbott to respond.
Meanwhile, parents whose babies drank the recalled infant formula are taking matters into their own hands by sue the company.
The class action lawsuit came just a day after the FDA issued its warning urging parents not to buy or use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas manufactured by Abbott Nutrition.
If your child has become ill after consuming the recalled infant formula, you may be able to participate in a class action investigation and obtain compensation. Click here for more information.
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