DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) – Many families in Iowa and across the country are struggling to find formula.
There have been several reports of empty shelves, especially for brands that were pulled from the massive recall in February.
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Several babies have contracted a rare and serious bacterial infection after eating formula from Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan factory. Two babies died.
New information on Friday showed that a whistleblower complained to the Food and Drug Administration about safety issues at this plant in October, four months before the formula was recalled. They exposed issues with poor cleaning practices, falsified records, and instances where employees knowingly put in formula that might have been contaminated.
Most brands pulled are specialized formulas for those with certain health conditions. KOCO reports that a family in Oklahoma said they were running out of time to find an alternative.
Jennifer Klaus’ son, Willie, has gastrointestinal issues and could be showing symptoms of food poisoning with the wrong kind of formula.
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“If we can’t get that formula, the next option is to give him a central line and get all of his nutrition intravenously,” Klaus said.
The FDA said parents like the Klauses who need this specific formula should discuss the risks with their doctors.
In a statement Friday, Abbott said parents looking for their product should contact them directly to request it.
They also say they will work with medical professionals to provide safe options at no cost to patients.
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