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Pelosi says Abbott could face criminal charges over infant formula, weighs new federal controls

Added 05-17-22 05:22:02pm EST - “The company at the center of a baby formula crisis could face criminal charges, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, as Democrats consider new government controls over the baby formula industry.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Pelosi says Abbott could face criminal charges over infant formula, weighs new federal controls”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The company at the center of a baby formula crisis could face criminal charges, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, as Democrats consider new government controls over the baby formula industry.

“I think there might be a need for indictment,” said Mrs. Pelosi, who has realigned the House agenda to address a baby formula shortage.

Democrats are also considering legislation that would give the federal government new control over the supply and distribution of formula, particularly when shortages arise. The plan would require formula companies to report inventory to the Food and Drug Administration, which could then move supplies from one state to another to fill empty shelves. 

The baby formula crisis began spreading across the U.S. after the FDA shut down an Abbott Nutrition baby formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan.

Abbott has contested claims by Democrats that its Sturgis plant was the source of a rare bacteria strain that sickened four infants and may have caused the deaths of two of them. Abbott officials contend the factory weeks ago implemented all of the recommendations made by the FDA to ensure safe formula production after an inspection. It could reopen in about two weeks if the FDA approves the company’s plan to restart.  

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