FDA investigated more children’s deaths related to Abbott’s plant than previously known: report

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reportedly investigated seven more infant deaths from consuming more contaminated infant formula from the Michigan Abbott Feeding Factory than previously known.

The Washington Post, citing newly released documents, said the agency has investigated reports of the deaths of up to nine children since March 2021.

The FDA previously said two children died Two fell ill after taking a formula containing Chronobacter sakazaki bacteria.

The newspaper said that the agency admitted Friday that it had received such additional reports, as it was unable to determine the source of the infection in all cases.


The FDA and Abbott Nutrition did not immediately respond to FOX Business’s request for comment.

The complaints were first reported by eFoodAlert, and obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Two deaths were counted with the four confirmed outbreaks identified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the site said, along with two others. Seven deaths have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration on the Agency’s Consumer Complaint System and mention salmonella in the complaint description.

Yuri Navas, 29, of Laurel, Maryland, kisses her 2-month-old baby, Jose Ismael Galvez, at a Superbest International Market in Laurel, Maryland, Monday, May 23, 2022, while searching for formula milk. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin/AP Newsroom)

eFoodAlert said consumers Describe twenty-five (25) accidents classified as “life-threatening illness/injury” and eighty (80) cases of “non-life-threatening illness/injury”.

The severity of complaints is not confirmed by specialists, except in the case of death or the confirmed presence of bacteria.

The identities of the children have not been announced.

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In a statement to The Washington Post, the FDA said that based on the review and investigation of complaints issued in the Freedom of Information Act request, “only four complaints can be included in the series of issues related to the Abbott Nutrition investigation.”

Abbott conducts microbiological testing on products prior to distribution and Abbott formula is not distributed to consumers Tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella. All withheld products tested by Abbott and the Food and Drug Administration during facility inspection came back negative for Kronobacter sakazaki and/or Salmonella. “No salmonella was found at the Sturgis facility,” Abbott Nutrition said in its statement.

The CDC’s Brian Katzowitz allegedly said there was no pending test related to the investigation.

The Sturgis plant resumed production a week ago, after closing in February.

This closure led to a Shortage of national supplies It is expected to last until summer. The US Food and Drug Administration has faced criticism for taking months to shut down the plant and FDA Commissioner Robert Califf She told lawmakers her response had been “too slow” with a decision being “suboptimal”.

“We will ramp up production as quickly as possible while meeting all requirements,” Abbott Nutrition said in a statement.


Abbott Vice President Christopher Calamari has apologized to parents for the shortfall.

“We will learn from this. We will improve as a result,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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