Whistleblower Informed the FDA About Abbott's Infant Formula Problems Months Before Recall
According to an online news report published on wsaz.com, a whistleblower reported safety concerns about Abbott Nutrition's quality issued to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration months before the baby formula was recalled.
Newly released documents state that three popular infant formulas that were manufactured at the Abbott Nutrition Sturgis plant should have been recalled months before the February recall. As a result of the delays, several babies acquired a rare and potentially deadly bacterial infection after consuming the bacteria-contaminated formula. Tragically, two infants passed away after consuming the contaminated formula. The infant formula recall includes several products under the following three brand names: Similac, EleCare, and Alimentum.
The whistleblower's complaint was delivered back in October and was finally made public this week. According to the former employee, Abbott Nutrition's Sturgis plant was engaging in poor cleaning practices, falsified company records, and some employees intentionally shipped out infant formula that may have been unsafe. The complaint also reports that the whistleblower was fired after raising safety concerns, and there were several people who complained about the manufacturing plant's safety issues.
The FDA is also facing scrutiny by regulators, who stated that the whistleblower was not interviewed until December. The FDA also failed to perform an in-person inspection of the Sturgis plant until January.
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