Abbott: Sturgis facility could restart within two weeks

Parents across the US are trying to locate baby food due to supply disruptions and a massive recall from Abbott Nutrition regarding the Sturgis manufacturing facility.

Months of spot shortages at pharmacies and supermarkets have been exacerbated by the recall at Abbott, which had to close its factory in Sturgis – the largest formula plant in the US – in February over contamination concerns.

“We understand the situation is urgent — getting Sturgis up and running will help reduce this deficit,” Abbott officials said Wednesday. “Subject to FDA approval, we can restart the site in two weeks. We would start with the production of EleCare, Alimentum and Metabolic formulas first and then start with the production of Similac and other formulas. From the moment we restart the site, it will take six to eight weeks for the product to hit the shelves.”

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