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FDA chief grilled on baby formula crisis, delivers mixed message
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf faced an onslaught of bipartisan questioning from House lawmakers Thursday over the nationwide baby formula crisis.
The industry-wide problem has provoked fear in parents and caregivers around the country as once full shelves of the critical product remain far more barren than ever before.
ABBOTT SAYS IT WILL BE AT LEAST TWO MONTHS BEFORE BABY FORMULA FROM SHUTTERED PLANT HITS SHELVES
On Thursday, Califf said Abbott Nutrition’s shuttered Michigan formula plant could be up and running by next week. However, the FDA head skirted questions about whether his agency should have intervened earlier to address problems at the plant, which later exacerbated the nationwide shortage.
Abbott is only one of four companies, including Gerber, Perrigo and Reckitt, that produce an estimated 90% of U.S. formula.