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Former FDA chief: Issues at baby formula plant went ‘back many years'

Added 05-15-22 05:18:03pm EST - “The former head of the Food and Drug Administration said problems at the shuttered Michigan plant that produced baby formula date "back many years."” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Former FDA chief: Issues at baby formula plant went ‘back many years’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

​​The former head of the Food and Drug Administration on Sunday said problems at the shuttered Michigan plant that produced baby formula date “back many years” and acknowledged that “more aggressive action” should have been taken​ to routinely inspect the facility​.

“These were persistent problems that appear to have been handled poorly, certainly by the company,” Scott Gottlieb said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “FDA didn’t exert all the oversight that they could have of that facility. There were known problems with that facility going back many years or findings on previous inspections.”

“The agency had a 34-page whistleblower report in hand, making pretty serious allegations that there was data falsification and data falsification information withheld from inspectors. So these should have prompted more aggressive action earlier,” ​he added. 

Abbott Nutrition, the largest producer of baby formula in the country, recalled several brands of powdered baby formula in February after four babies were hospitalized with bacterial infections after consuming products from its Sturgis, Mich., plant and closed the facility amid a federal investigation. Two of the babies died.

Once the FDA gives Abbott the OK to begin production again after clearing the hygiene violations, it could take nearly two months before any new product reaches store shelves, an Abbott spokeswoman told The Post on Saturday.

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