Watch live: House grills FDA commissioner, Abbott executive on baby formula shortage

Watch live: House grills FDA commissioner, Abbott executive on baby formula shortage

May 25, 2022 by CNBC

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  • Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] The head of the Food and Drug Administration and executives from the infant formula industry are set to answer questions from House lawmakers Wednesday about the nationwide shortage that has left parents struggling to find food for their infants.
  • The FDA has come under scrutiny from lawmakers for not acting quickly enough to inspect Abbott Nutrition's infant formula plant in Sturgis, Mich., after a whistleblower warned the agency in October about food safety violations at the plant.
  • Four infants who consumed powdered formula from the Abbott plant fell ill and were hospitalized with Cronobacter infections, two of whom died.
  • Abbott shut down the plant and initiated a voluntary of recall of several products in February, contributing to an infant formula shortage that has left store shelves empty in many parts of the country.

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