Documents Show Ongoing Problems at Infant Formula Plant Linked to Outbreak

Coral Beach

Mar 22, 2022

The FDA has released documents showing a pattern of problems with food safety practices at the infant formula production plant implicated in an outbreak of illnesses that includes two deaths.

The FDA has found that Abbott Nutrition did not establish a system of process controls covering all stages of processing for infant formula. The inspection of the plant this year showed numerous problems with equipment and the environment in the production facility, according to federal documents.

The FDA has reported in recent weeks that an inspection running from January through early March this year yielded positive test results from environmental samples for Cronobacter, the bacteria behind the outbreak that has sickened at least five infants.

Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections called sepsis or meningitis. Symptoms of Cronobacter infections may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, yellow skin and whites of the eyes, grunting breaths, and abnormal body movements. FDA inspection of the plant this year showed numerous problems with equipment and the environment in the production facility.

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