Abbott US Nutrition Chief Testifies ‘Safety First’ During House Hearing On Formula Shortage
Abbott's s Christopher Calamari, Gerber's Scott Fitz and Reckitt Robert Cleveland didn't have ng answers about immediately solving supply shortage or about preventing another one when they testified before Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee.
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