After three weeks of shutting down due to flooding, the baby formula production at the Abbott factory in Sturgis, Mich., is finally back up and running.
“We are working to restart Similac production as soon as we can,” Abbott spokesman John Koval said Saturday.
According to reports, the Sturgis factory was initially shut down in February after an inspector found cronobacter sakazakii bacteria, which led to recalls of Alimentum and EleCare powdered infant formulas.
On June 4, the plant reopened, but less than two weeks since it resumed operations, it was closed again due to massive storms that caused flooding.
The closure of the plans led to the crisis in infant formula supply.
To address the infant formula crisis, President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act in late May to force suppliers of formula ingredients to prioritize delivery to formula makers Abbott and Reckitt.
Operation Fly Formula was initiated, wherein millions of pounds of powdered supply have been shipped in from around the world.