Baby food maker apologizes for shortage


The CEO of one of America’s three largest milk powder manufacturers has apologized for a serious shortage of products.

Robert Ford, CEO of Abbott Nutrition, said in February that Voluntary recall After four babies contracted a bacterial infection after consuming a company product.

The investigation found no link between the plant and the disease, Ford said.

“I am sorry to all the families we have let down since the voluntary recall exacerbated the milk powder shortage in our country,” Ford wrote. In a Washington Post column On Saturday.

“We are our voluntary recall It was the right thing to do. We do not take risks for children’s health. Data collected during the investigation, gene sequencing, archived product samples and available products from the four complaints did not find any association between our product and the four reported childhood diseases,” he added.

“which FDA Investigation We found bacteria in our plants that we wouldn’t tolerate. I have high expectations for this company, but we didn’t live up to it,” Ford wrote.

Republicans tried to blame the tribe on the Biden administration. President Joe Biden is currently using the Defense Production Act to support the necessary supplies and milk powder companies that deliver formula in other countries. About 78,000 pounds of specialty infant formula for more than 500,000 bottles arrived in Indianapolis from Europe on Sunday. it was the first time on several flights looking forward to abroad.

Ford said the serious problems caused by the lack of some babies were “tragic and heartbreaking and consuming the thoughts of me and my colleagues.” “Our top priority is to provide babies with safe, high-quality formula as quickly as possible,” he added.

Ford said his company is working to strengthen manufacturing, prioritize formula and find other sources of formula that are most desperately needed, especially for hospitalized babies.

Ford also wrote that it would create an independently managed $5 million fund “to help these families with their medical and living expenses through this storm.”

closed factory Open by the first week of Junehe pointed out

“Finally, we are making significant investments to ensure that this never happens again,” he vowed.

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