The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warning letters to three baby formula manufacturers – Reckitt & Benckiser's Mead Johnson Nutrition, Perrigo Wisconsin, and ByHeart. These companies have been found to be in violation of infant formula regulations, as determined by inspections conducted at their facilities over the past months.
Corrective Actions Required
Each of the mentioned companies has been given a 15-day period to provide an explanation regarding the corrective actions they are implementing, as stated by the FDA.
Ensuring Safe Production of Infant Formula
The FDA emphasizes that, while it is not currently advising parents and caregivers to discard or avoid purchasing any specific infant formula, its primary goal is to ensure that baby formula is produced under the safest possible conditions.
In issuing these warning letters, the FDA aims to underscore the significance of promptly implementing and maintaining appropriate corrective measures when pathogens are detected. This is done to ensure full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations enforced by the FDA.
Prior Formula Recalls
During December of last year, and subsequently in February and March, the FDA had initiated recalls of formula products due to potential contamination with the bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii.