FDA investigating baby’s death ‘after drinking Abbott’s formula’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday (June 22) that it is reviewing a new report of the death of another baby after consuming formula milk made by Abbott Laboratories.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the FDA said the reported death took place in January and that it learned about it through a consumer complaint it received on June 10. The FDA did not specify which formula the baby consumed. He said the investigation was in the preliminary stages and he would release more news once he gets more information.

In February, Abbott issued a recall after reports of bacterial infections in children who consumed formula made at its Michigan plant. The factory was temporarily closed. This had led to a severe shortage of infant formula in the United States.

The factory was reopened the first week of June. At that time, the company announced that it would begin production of EleCare and other specialty and metabolic formulas. Initial launch of EleCare product to consumers on or about June 20.

The factory shutdown and an infant formula recall had worsened a supply shortage in a country where, according to 2020 federal data, less than half of babies were exclusively breastfed for their first three months.

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