The shutdown of the facility, owned by Abbott Laboratories and located in Sturgis, Michigan, has prompted a severe shortage of infant formulas including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare. The plant was shut down in February pending a federal investigation into the deaths of two infants and reports of illnesses among other children who consumed certain baby formula products. The plant remains closed.
In a new statement Wednesday, Abbott said that, subject to Food and Drug Administration approval, it could restart the Sturgis site “within two weeks.” But from the time it brings the facility back online, it would take six to eight weeks before product makes it to store shelves, Abbott said.
“We would begin production of EleCare, Alimentum and metabolic formulas first and then begin production of Similac and other formulas,” it said.