(Washington, DC) — Weather in Michigan is hurting efforts to resolve the national shortage of baby formula. Production at the troubled Abbott plant in Sturgis is paused again due to flooding from heavy rains.
FDA Commissioner Robert Califf called it an unfortunate setback and a reminder that weather events can cause disruptions in supply chains. “This is an unfortunate setback and a reminder that natural weather events can cause unforeseen disruptions in supply chains,” said Califf.
He also told senators the FDA is working closely with Abbott to get the plant fully functional again. “Abbott is working to assess the damage today and we’ll be talking daily,” said Califf. “We have our people in the facility to help get it up as quickly as we possibly can.”
The Sturgis plant went back online less than two weeks ago after shutting down earlier this year over the possible contamination of formula. Abbott is the country’s biggest formula producer.