According to a news report on news4jax.com, the FDA is being accused of bungling the recent powdered infant formula recall. The report alleges that an Abbott Nutrition manufacturing plant that produces baby formula has a lengthy record of safety violations, but remained open until a baby died causing Abbott Nutrition to issue a recall. The report making the accusations against the FDA was produced by a Consumer Reports investigation. Consumer Reports is now asking why did it take so long to shut down the plant.
Baby formula is difficult to find due to the infant formula recalls that pulled some Alimentum, EleCare, and Similac powdered infant formulas off of the market. The powdered infant formula recalls were initiated after reports of infant deaths and illnesses were tied to infant formula produced at the plant. The cases involve salmonella and cronobacter sakazakii bacteria contamination.
Cronobacter bacteria is a deadly bacterium that has a mortality rate as high as 80 percent in babies.
According to a report from a Consumer Reports investigation, the Food and Drug Administration knew about issues at the Abbott baby formula plant back in September and the FDA didn’t warn consumers. Now serious questions are being asked by members of Congress concerning the FDA’s capability to regulate the infant formula market.
Consumer Reports’ director of food policy stated that it is “especially disturbing is that the FDA hasn’t been forthcoming.” The director stated that key lawmakers in Congress may initiate a separate investigation to investigate the FDA’s actions.
Abbott Nutrition has also failed to provide the public with a complete list of recalled products. Instead, customers are required to use an online lookup tool on Abbott’s website to see if they purchased a recalled product.
If your baby was harmed by a recalled Alimentum, EleCare, or Similac powdered infant formula, contact Parker Waichman LLP for your free case review.
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