Abbott sets Jen Psaki on fire in 11-tweet thread after falsely accusing the company of killing two children –

Abbott, the company at the center of the continuing shortage of infant formula caused by the FDA closure of its Sturgis, Michigan facility, took to Twitter on Friday after Jen Psaki falsely accused the company of killing two babies.

The TL; DR? The company says there is nothing to link them to infant deaths and the “formula of this plant did not cause these childhood diseases.”

Now, for the unmissable 11-tweet thread that set the outgoing press officer on fire on her last day of work:

“At today’s press conference in the White House, the press secretary wrongly claimed that our formulas were contaminated and killed two children. The death of these children is a tragedy.”

“The facts, however, are critical: A full investigation by Abbott, FDA and CDC found no evidence that our formulas cause childhood illness. In particular… [2/11]”

CDC concluded its investigation with no results of a link between our formulas and childhood diseases.

We conduct microbiological tests on products prior to distribution and no Abbott formulas distributed to consumers have tested positive for Cronobacter or Salmonella. [3/11]”

“All retained product tested by Abbott and the FDA during the facility inspection was negative for Cronobacter and / or Salmonella. No Salmonella was found in the Sturgis facility. [4/11]”

“The Cronobacter sakazakii that was found in environmental tests during the investigation was in areas not in contact with the facility’s product and has not been linked to any known childhood diseases. [5/11]”

“The genetic sequencing on the two available samples from sick children did not match the Cronobacter strains in our plant. Sick child samples did not match each other, meaning there was no connection between the two cases. [6/11]”

In all four cases, the state, the FDA and / or the CDC tested samples of the Abbott formula that was used by the child. In all four cases, all unopened containers tested negative. [7/11]”

“In three of the four cases, containers opened from children’s homes were also tested; two of the three tested negative. The only positive came from an opened container from the child’s home and tested positive for two different strains of Cronobacter sakazakii … [8/11]”

“… One of which matched the strain that caused the baby’s infection, and the other matched a strain found on a bottle of homemade distilled water used to mix the formula. Again, neither strain matched the strains found in our plant. [9/11]”

“The children consumed four different types of our formula produced over the course of nearly a year, and the diseases occurred over several months in three different states. [10/11]”

“The formula of this plant did not cause these childhood diseases. [11/11]”

Switch to you, FDA. Why is this establishment still closed?


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