FDA Head: Baby Formula Factory Could Reopen By Next Week

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration’s commissioner says a shuttered baby formula factory could be up and running by next week.

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf faced congressional anger Thursday for not answering questions about whether his agency should have intervened earlier at the Michigan plant tied to a national formula shortage.

Members of a House subcommittee questioned Califf about why the FDA didn’t step in when there were signs of problems at Abbott Nutrition’s plant last fall before it was closed.

The shortage has rattled parents and become a political headwind for President Joe Biden, who’s invoked the Defense Production Act to ease supply.

Califf asked lawmakers for new food safety funding.