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Nancy Pelosi Suggests Criminal Penalties For Baby Formula Shortage

Added 05-17-22 05:54:02pm EST - “Democrats also announced new legislation aimed at relieving the problem, which is affecting families around the country.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Nancy Pelosi Suggests Criminal Penalties For Baby Formula Shortage”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senior Democrats suggested Tuesday that a baby formula manufacturer could be criminally liable for unsanitary conditions that led to one of its factories being shut down earlier this year.

“I think there might be a need for indictment,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters at a news conference.

Abbott Nutrition paused production at its formula factory in Sturgis, Michigan, in February after an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration found dangerous bacteria and shabby conditions in production areas.

The shutdown greatly exacerbated a formula shortage that has become a major political issue and a crisis for some families. Out-of-stock rates for formula products rose to 43% in early May, according to Datasembly, a retail data firm.

Democrats are speeding two bills to the House floor this week in response to the shortage. But the bills wouldn’t have an immediate impact on store shelves, even if the legislation quickly became law. Democrats also announced they would bring formula maker executives to Capitol Hill for hearings this month.

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