“私たちの自主的なリコールが私たちの国の粉ミルク不足を悪化させたので、私たちが失望させたすべての家族に申し訳ありません,” フォードは書いた, 彼が彼らを信じたことを強調する “自発的なリコールは正しいことでした。”
Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan plant has been shut down since February following reports of bacterial infections in four babies. The company announced on May 16 それ they reached a deal with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reopen the Sturgis plant.
Ford acknowledged that children have been hospitalized due to the lack of formula, specifically EleCare, a formula made for children who can’t consume other milk or formula.
“Given their unique needs, children who lose access to it can require medical supervision until the formula is returned to the shelves. I will not mince words — this is tragic and heartbreaking, and it is consuming my thoughts and those of my colleagues,” the CEO wrote.
The Abbott CEO outlined what the company was doing to help parents and their children and how they plan to avoid the situation in the future.
He said that the company would prioritize EleCare when they resume making formula and that they established a “$ 5 million fund that will be independently administered to help these families with medical and living expenses as they weather this storm.”
An FDA inspection of the Michigan plant found that there were eight instances of bacteria contamination between 2019 と2月 2022.
He also noted that any Abbott formula that parents do find in stores are “safe.”
“What is available has passed rigorous inspections and is ready for your babies,” 彼が書きました. Ford said that they have taken “serious steps” to address the crisis, including using their Columbus, オハイオ, plant to produce infant formula rather than some of their adult nutrition items.
The CEO emphasized that it would take up to eight weeks to get their products back on store shelves.
“We expect we’ll be able to restart the facility by the first week in June. From the time we restart production at the site, it will take six to eight weeks before product is available on shelves,” 話さないで, emphasizing the company would “more than double” their formula production.
A shipment of 78,000 pounds of baby formula arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday. バイデン大統領 applauded the arrival of the shipment on Twitter and said that his team was “24時間体制で働いています” to address the shortage.
Abbott previously noted that it would take six to eight weeks from the time they reopen and begin production at the Michigan plant to get their products to stores.