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FDA Reaches Agreement with Abbott Laboratories to Restart Baby Formula Production

HeadlineMay 17, 2022

The Biden administration has announced a number of steps to alleviate a critical nationwide shortage of baby formula. The Food and Drug Administration and Abbott Laboratories have reached an agreement to allow Abbott Laboratories to reopen the nation’s largest baby formula plant, which was closed due to concerns over bacterial contamination following the deaths of two babies. Meanwhile, the FDA has eased import rules on baby formula made overseas. And the American Academy of Pediatrics has said babies as young as 6 months old can now be fed cow’s milk for a brief period of time due to the baby formula shortage. Up until now, pediatricians had recommended babies not be fed cow’s milk until they were a year old. We’ll have more on this story later in the broadcast.

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