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Flooding Stops Abbott Infant Formula Production Days After It Was Restarted

  • Abbott and FDA say there is enough supply to meet demand
  • Formula maker expects distribution to be delayed a few weeks
The Abbott Nutrition factory in Sturgis, Michigan. 

The Abbott Nutrition factory in Sturgis, Michigan. 

Photographer: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg

Floods stopped infant formula production at an Abbott Laboratories’ facility less than two weeks after the major supplier got back up and running following contamination concerns, but the US Food and Drug Administration said there will be enough of the product for babies to meet demand. 

Heavy storms around Abbott’s Sturgis, Michigan, plant overwhelmed the city’s storm-water system, flooding parts of the factory, the company said in a statement Wednesday evening. The facility had just reopened earlier this month after an FDA inspection that began in February found unsanitary conditions. The inspection was prompted by a federal investigation into four babies who became ill after being given formula made there, two of whom died. The problems at Abbott led to major supply shortfalls, leaving many parents unable to find formula on store shelves.