Severe weather conditions forced Abbott Nutrition to halt production at the Michigan Baby Formula factory, which had restarted after several months of closure, leading to nationwide shortages of the product.
The company said production of Abbott’s special formula Alecare has been suspended, but there is enough supply to meet demand until production resumes. Abbott had prioritized increasing production of special formulas for babies who have few nutritional options due to food allergies and severe digestive problems.
Abbott said the damage needed to be assessed and the factory re-cleaned after heavy thunderstorms and rain hit southwestern Michigan on Monday night. Spokesman Jonathan Hamilton said the flooding affected several areas of the factory, but declined to give more specific details about the damage.
The storm also brought strong winds, hail and power outages in Sturgis, Michigan, where the factory is located. The company expects production and delivery to be delayed by a few weeks during the cleaning of the plant.
Once you restart, the factory will start producing Elecare and other special formulas. Abbott said it plans to resume production of its Similac formulation as soon as possible.
Abbott initially restarted the factory on 4 June, which had been closed since February due to contamination.
The factory was closed after the Food and Drug Administration began testing for four bacterial infections in babies who ingested powdered formula from the plant. Two children died.