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'Toddler Milks' Are Unregulated and Unnecessary

American Academy of Pediatrics weighs in

(Newser) - Powdered drink mixes that are widely promoted as "toddler milks" for older babies and children up to age 3 are unregulated, unnecessary, and "nutritionally incomplete," the American Academy of Pediatrics warns. The drinks, which are touted to parents on TikTok, in television ads, and on other sites,...

Baby Formula Maker Under Criminal Investigation
Abbott Faces
Criminal Investigation

Abbott Faces Criminal Investigation

Baby formula maker, whose plant was shut down after illnesses, says it's cooperating

(Newser) - The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation of actions at Abbott Laboratories' plant in Sturgis, Michigan, that was shut down almost a year ago, intensifying a national shortage of baby formula. The company said it's cooperating with federal investigators, NBC News reports. Four infants became ill after having...

Amid Criticism on FDA Response, News of a 3rd Infant Death

FDA says investigation is in early stages on baby said to have consumed Abbott baby formula

(Newser) - The FDA has learned about the third death of an infant who reportedly consumed Abbott Laboratories' baby formula, linked to bacterial contamination. The agency said it received a consumer complaint related to the January death on June 10, per the Wall Street Journal . It had already disclosed that four infants...

Baby Formula Plant Must Temporarily Close Again

This time, severe weather is to blame at Abbott's facility in Sturgis, Michigan

(Newser) - Another potential baby formula headache : Severe weather has forced Abbott Nutrition to pause production at a Michigan factory that had just restarted after being closed for several months, per the AP . Production for Abbott's EleCare specialty formula has been suspended, but the company says there is enough supply for...

78K Pounds of Infant Formula Landing in US

It's the first of multiple shipments coming in from overseas

(Newser) - Some relief on the baby formula shortage : Enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million baby bottles is expected to arrive Sunday in the US. The formula, weighing 78,000 pounds, is being transported by military plane to Indianapolis, said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, per the...

Bette Midler's Advice on the Formula Shortage Goes Over Poorly
Bette Midler's
Advice on the
Formula Shortage
Goes Over Poorly

Bette Midler's Advice on the Formula Shortage Goes Over Poorly

Singer suggested women 'try breastfeeding'

(Newser) - Amid the nationwide formula shortage , Bette Midler had some advice for struggling parents: "TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand," she tweeted Thursday. Perhaps not surprisingly, that suggestion did not go over well, the Hill reports. A plethora of responses ranging from respectful disagreement to outrage...

Buttigieg Goes After Abbott Labs on Baby Formula

Transportation chief, who has infant twins, says the nationwide shortage is 'very personal'

(Newser) - Parents nationwide are scrambling to find baby formula amid a national shortage, and the issue is familiar to one high-ranking member of the Biden administration. "This is very personal for us," Department of Transportation chief Pete Buttigieg told Face the Nation Sunday on CBS. "We've got...

The Baby Formula Shortage Is Scaring Parents
The Infant Formula Shortage
Is Terrifying Parents

The Infant Formula Shortage Is Terrifying Parents

Some are paying exorbitant prices, driving across state lines to get formula

(Newser) - Across the US, parents are becoming increasingly desperate as an infant formula shortage grows worse. While the in-stock and out-of-stock rates don't appear to be nearing crisis levels, anecdotally, parents are sharing how difficult it is to find the products they need to feed their children—and days ago,...

FDA Updates Baby Formula Warning After Second Death

Abbott's Similac, Similac Alimentum, EleCare from Mich. plant tied to deadly bacteria

(Newser) - Update: The Food and Drug Administration has updated its warning on infant formulas made at a Michigan plant after the death of another child. The FDA warned against using Similac PM 60/40 with lot code 27032K800 on the case and 27032K80 on the can, NPR reports. Manufacturer Abbott said in...

Report: US Tried to Block Breastfeeding Resolution

Smaller countries were bullied, insiders say

(Newser) - A World Health Assembly meeting that had been expected to easily pass a resolution promoting breastfeeding turned ugly when the Trump administration got involved, reports the New York Times , citing "more than a dozen participants from several countries." The sources say that the American delegation to the United...

There's Arsenic in Your Red Wine

But levels aren't dangerous if considered alone

(Newser) - Red wine may help fight cancer , but it may also help bring about the disease if you don't watch your intake and diet. Scientists tested 65 US wines and found all but one contained arsenic in levels that exceed the 10 parts per billion permitted in drinking water, according...

China Developing Fake Breast Milk

Existing formula may not be right for Chinese babies: researchers

(Newser) - China's government is spending $1.6 million to make its own breast milk. The goal is an artificial version of the milk of Chinese moms—a project that involves studying the real stuff to develop what China Daily calls a "breast milk database." Existing baby formula in...

Dairy Giant Warns of Botulism Threat

New Zealand's Fonterra says 7 countries affected; so far, US is in clear

(Newser) - New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after dairy giant Fonterra announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism. The tainted products include infant formula, sports drinks, protein drinks, and other beverages....

It's Hotter to Smuggle Milk Than Heroin in Hong Kong

Tainted formula in China has desperate parents turning to international brands

(Newser) - Baby formula is big business in China—last year's $15.4 billion in sales was four times that of the US. Bloomberg reports that the country's tainted milk scandals have left Chinese parents clamoring for foreign brands, with some unusual consequences. Demand from China has been so high...

Study Finds Arsenic in Baby Formula, Cereal Bars

Organic brown rice syrup appears to be the common link

(Newser) - A new study has found troubling levels of a kind of arsenic known to cause cancer in infant formulas and cereal bars that contain organic brown rice syrup. Arsenic is often found in rice, because rice absorbs the toxin from the soil, the LA Times explains. The study tested 17...

After Death, More Retailers Yank Formula

Supervalu, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway join Walmart in pulling Enfamil lot

(Newser) - Several more national retailers have joined Walmart in pulling a batch of powdered infant formula from their shelves after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died of a rare bacterial infection, the companies said today. Officials at Supervalu, Walgreens, Kroger, and Safeway say they have removed 12.5-ounce cans...

Walmart Pulls Formula After Baby's Death

Missouri newborn's death may have been caused by tainted formula

(Newser) - Walmart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from stores nationwide after the death of a newborn boy in Missouri. The retailer says customers who bought 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G can return them for a refund or exchange. No government recall...

Radiation Found in Japanese Baby Formula

Levels not high enough to pose health risk, parents told

(Newser) - Nearly nine months after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami wrought havoc on Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, the country's nuclear nightmare is continuing. Traces of radiation have been found in infant formula for the first time and while government experts say the levels aren't high enough to...

Similac Baby Formula Recalled Over Beetle Contamination

Powdered version may have small amounts

(Newser) - Similac powdered baby formula may have insect parts in it and is being recalled by maker Abbott Laboratories, Bloomberg reports. The company says it found larvae and body parts of a common beetle in its product during routine quality checks at a Michigan plant and halted production. The voluntary recall...

Chocolate Formula Draws Ire of Moms

Too sweet, or a good way to get toddlers to drink more milk?

(Newser) - A popular formula for toddlers available in chocolate and vanilla flavors is drawing fire from nutritionists and parents, notes the Chicago Breaking Business blog . Critics have slammed Mead Johnson Nutrition's Enfagrow Premium on the blogosphere—starting with Marion Nestle at Food Politics —as another gateway to childhood obesity. "...

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