Abbott Nutrition informed about problems with baby formula plant months before previously known: Reports

A whistleblower at Abbott Nutrition alerted the company about issues with a baby formula plant in Michigan in February 2021, months earlier than previously known, according to the Wall St. Journal.

The former employee, who remains unnamed, filed a complaint to Abbott regarding failing equipment at its Sturgis, Michigan plant as well as plant employees’ failure to ensure the product leaving the plant was meeting standards, WSJ reported Wednesday.

The first complaints about the facility were originally understood to have come in October 2021, when the same former employee filed a complaint directly to the FDA.

Documents reportedly obtained by WSJ show the employee submitted a whistleblower complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in February 2021, which was promptly shared with Abbott directly. – READ MORE

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