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Amid Criticism on FDA Response, News of a 3rd Infant Death

FDA says investigation is in early stages on baby said to have consumed Abbott baby formula

(Newser) - The FDA has learned about the third death of an infant who reportedly consumed Abbott Laboratories' baby formula, linked to bacterial contamination. The agency said it received a consumer complaint related to the January death on June 10, per the Wall Street Journal . It had already disclosed that four infants...

For Formula Shortage, Biden Invokes Defense Production Act
Abbott Plant Resumes
Making Infant Formula

Abbott Plant Resumes Making Infant Formula

Company says it will start with a specialty product for children with allergies

(Newser) - Update: The Abbott Nutrition plant in Michigan began producing infant formula again Saturday. The company said it had met the requirements of its agreement with the federal government to reopen the plant. Among other things, the company had to have an outside expert review plant operations and legal compliance, the...

FDA Chief Takes Heat Over Infant Formula Shortage

Whistleblower's warning apparently languished in a mailroom

(Newser) - House members of both parties pressed the head of the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday about how the infant formula crisis could have gotten this bad. "Why did it take an onslaught of national media attention for the Biden administration to act with a sense of urgency required...

Bette Midler's Advice on the Formula Shortage Goes Over Poorly
Bette Midler's
Advice on the
Formula Shortage
Goes Over Poorly

Bette Midler's Advice on the Formula Shortage Goes Over Poorly

Singer suggested women 'try breastfeeding'

(Newser) - Amid the nationwide formula shortage , Bette Midler had some advice for struggling parents: "TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand," she tweeted Thursday. Perhaps not surprisingly, that suggestion did not go over well, the Hill reports. A plethora of responses ranging from respectful disagreement to outrage...

FDA Clears Way to Increase Formula Imports
Formula Plant
to Go Back Online

Formula Plant to Go Back Online

FDA clears way to increase imports, as well

(Newser) - Federal officials on Monday reached an agreement to allow baby formula maker Abbott to restart its largest domestic factory, though it will be two months or more before any new products ship from the site to alleviate the national shortage facing parents. Under the agreement, Abbott must work with outside...

Buttigieg Goes After Abbott Labs on Baby Formula

Transportation chief, who has infant twins, says the nationwide shortage is 'very personal'

(Newser) - Parents nationwide are scrambling to find baby formula amid a national shortage, and the issue is familiar to one high-ranking member of the Biden administration. "This is very personal for us," Department of Transportation chief Pete Buttigieg told Face the Nation Sunday on CBS. "We've got...

Administration Takes First Steps on Formula Shortage

Biden meets with companies about increasing supply

(Newser) - The Biden administration told the nation what it's doing to eliminate the shortage of infant formula on Thursday, but officials had few answers about when their actions will make a difference. Among the efforts that the administration conceded are less than major, President Biden met with representatives of manufacturers...

The Baby Formula Shortage Is Scaring Parents
The Infant Formula Shortage
Is Terrifying Parents

The Infant Formula Shortage Is Terrifying Parents

Some are paying exorbitant prices, driving across state lines to get formula

(Newser) - Across the US, parents are becoming increasingly desperate as an infant formula shortage grows worse. While the in-stock and out-of-stock rates don't appear to be nearing crisis levels, anecdotally, parents are sharing how difficult it is to find the products they need to feed their children—and days ago,...

FDA Updates Baby Formula Warning After Second Death

Abbott's Similac, Similac Alimentum, EleCare from Mich. plant tied to deadly bacteria

(Newser) - Update: The Food and Drug Administration has updated its warning on infant formulas made at a Michigan plant after the death of another child. The FDA warned against using Similac PM 60/40 with lot code 27032K800 on the case and 27032K80 on the can, NPR reports. Manufacturer Abbott said in...

China Developing Fake Breast Milk

Existing formula may not be right for Chinese babies: researchers

(Newser) - China's government is spending $1.6 million to make its own breast milk. The goal is an artificial version of the milk of Chinese moms—a project that involves studying the real stuff to develop what China Daily calls a "breast milk database." Existing baby formula in...

Sweden May Ban Images of Babies in Ads for Formula

Health officials want to promote breastfeeding

(Newser) - Sellers of infant formula in Sweden will likely face a tough marketing problem soon: They won't be able to use images of babies on their products. A new law being readied for 2013 would make the practice illegal, reports the Local . Health officials want to encourage breastfeeding over formula,...

Bloomberg's New Push: Get Moms to Breastfeed

But some women aren't happy with new initiative at city hospitals

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Bloomberg's mission to make his city healthier isn't stopping at public smoking or big sodas . Now he wants moms to breastfeed, reports the New York Post (which is dismissive of what it views as another "nanny state" effort). Starting in September, most of...

After Death, More Retailers Yank Formula

Supervalu, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway join Walmart in pulling Enfamil lot

(Newser) - Several more national retailers have joined Walmart in pulling a batch of powdered infant formula from their shelves after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died of a rare bacterial infection, the companies said today. Officials at Supervalu, Walgreens, Kroger, and Safeway say they have removed 12.5-ounce cans...

Walmart Pulls Formula After Baby's Death

Missouri newborn's death may have been caused by tainted formula

(Newser) - Walmart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from stores nationwide after the death of a newborn boy in Missouri. The retailer says customers who bought 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G can return them for a refund or exchange. No government recall...

China Kept Tainted Milk Scare Secret for Year

Public wasn't notified after melamine-laced products found

(Newser) - China took nearly a year to close down a Shanghai dairy after authorities found contaminated milk in the latest melamine scare, according to state media. An investigation was launched several months ago, but it was kept secret until last week after the Shanghai Panda dairy was shut down and three...

China Recalls Milk in New Poison Scare

Melamine contamination feared in 7 provinces

(Newser) - China is recalling milk in a new melamine scare a year after thousands of infants were sickened by the poison that contaminated milk and infant formula. The recall so far is limited to products from a single Shanghai dairy. But it involves milk distributed throughout seven provinces amid renewed concerns...

Enough Already: Breastfeeding Is Overrated

Ambivalent research hasn't stopped the bullying of formula moms

(Newser) - Breast milk isn’t a magical elixir that boosts IQ and thwarts illness, but it may be the residue of women’s subjugation, Hanna Rosin writes in the Atlantic. Science has never handily declared breastfeeding better than bottled formula, says Rosin. At best, it prevents gastrointestinal illness in some children,...

Melamine Traces Found in US Infant Formula

Feds say there's no health risk to babies

(Newser) - Traces of the industrial chemical melamine have been detected in samples of top-selling US infant formula, but federal regulators insist the products are safe. A top official said the levels detected are so low that it would be a "dangerous overreaction" for parents to stop using formula. An outbreak...

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