The country’s main factory was closed due to ill health after the death of two babies, causing serious inventory shortages.
The CEO of baby milk maker Abbott on Saturday apologized to American families affected by shortages of this essential infant product, made worse by the closure of one of the company’s factories in the United States. “We feel sorry for all the families we have left since our voluntary recall has exacerbated the infant formula shortage in our country.‘ said the group’s boss, Robert Ford, in the Washington Post.
The United States has been suffering from a baby milk shortage for several months, caused by supply and labor problems related to Covid-19 and then exacerbated by the closure of an Abbott plant in Michigan in February following a product recall suspected of causing the deaths of two infants. “It’s tragic and heartbreaking‘ said Mr Ford. He also mentioned setting up the group for the families of children hospitalized after consuming this milk, from ‘a $5 million fund“.
Milk imports from Europe
Regarding the defect, Abbott claims, “serious action taken», such as converting production lines for adult products at the plant in Columbus (Ohio)”to prioritize production» of baby milk. The group also imports milk from their factory in Ireland. And after an agreement with the American judiciary, which still has to be validated by a judge, the plant in Michigan should reopen within two weeks. In order to, “By the end of June, we will have more formulas available to Americans than we had in January before the recall‘ assures Abbott’s CEO. “Finally, we make significant investments to ensure this never happens again.‘ he promised again.
Joe Biden signed legislation Saturday that allows certain regulatory requirements to be bypassed “to make it easier for people to access the baby food they need,” he said in a tweet. He announced on Wednesday the establishment of an airlift and the application of a Cold War law to try to solve a deficiency that has become a political headache for his administration. A White House official on Friday announced a first flight carrying 132 pallets of Nestlé-branded milk this weekend between Germany and Indianapolis, Indiana.