Baby formula from shuttered plant could return to shelves in two months

BOSTON — A major move announced Wednesday to get baby formula back on the shelves involves a plant that shuttered while the FDA investigated two child deaths.

Abbott Nutrition said it’s looking to restart its Sturgis, Mich. baby formula manufacturing facility in as little as two weeks. The company warns it will take at least 6-8 weeks to get formula back on store shelves once production gets going again.

Abbott previously issued a voluntary recall of certain powdered formulas made at the facility. It followed an FDA investigation into four complaints of babies becoming sick with bacterial infections after consuming products from the plant.

Abbott said on Wednesday that there’s no evidence linking its products to any infant illnesses.

“It’s just concerning, period. If it’s recalled, it’s recalled for a reason,” said Boston grandmother Cassandra Summers.

Massachusetts is one of more than two dozen states particularly impacted by the baby formula shortage.

“I just think it’s really hard for moms who have small babies,” said Boston mother Sarah Lassey. “To think you can’t safely feed your kids if you can’t breastfeed. It’s really challenging.”

The FDA is also working with other manufacturers to boost the supply of formulas.

In the meantime, pediatricians say homemade infant formula recipes circulating the internet lack the right ratio of nutrients and can be dangerous.

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