FDA to review baby formula production rules to prevent bacterial illness
Nov 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. health regulator said on Tuesday it would review guidance and rules about manufacturing infant formula as part of its strategy to prevent bacterial illness similar to Abbott Laboratories' ABT.N products this year.
The Food and Drug Administration will also consider whether to establish a dedicated group of investigators and realign staff across two of its divisions to better support regulatory oversight of infant formula, among other measures, it said.
The FDA's statement follows a major shortage of baby formula earlier this year due to a shutdown at Abbott's plant in Michigan after complaints of infection by a bacteria called cronobacter sakazakii.
The plant shutdown and the recall of Abbott infant formula products deepened a supply shortage and sent parents in the United States scrambling. Abbott's plant wasin July.
While the bacterial infection is considered rare and is reportable in most states, it can be deadly in . Abbott's products were recalled following reports of four cases and two deaths.
(Reporting by Leroy Leo in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)