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Pelosi Threatens Indictments Over Baby Formula Shortage

Pelosi Threatens Indictments Over Baby Formula Shortage

She fails to mention exactly who would be indicted.

How bad are the optics on the baby formula shortage?

So bad that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is threatening indictments over the situation. Who would be the target of such an action remains a mystery.

A frustrated Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Tuesday that indictments could be handed down in the nationwide baby formula shortage after the dust settles.

“I think that when all of this is done — I’m not associating my colleagues with what I’m going to say right now, I’m just saying it myself — I think there might be a need for indictment,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters during a news conference on legislative plans to address the shortage and prevent future ones.

Pelosi did not specify who might be indicted, and a spokesman did not clarify her remarks.

The Democrats are looking to blame something other than their policies.

Pelosi raised the possibility of prosecution during a press conference with fellow Democrats, after House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro vowed that her panel will investigate Abbott Nutrition, the company that issued product recalls and shut down a major manufacturing plant in February amid a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation for possible contamination.

DeLauro said that “people have to be accountable, whether it is at FDA, or whether it is at Abbott.”

Abbott voluntarily shuttered its plant in Sturgis, Michigan, following complaints that four babies who consumed products made at the facility became ill from bacterial infections. Two of the infants died.

The company recently acknowledged that its recall worsened the industry-wide formula shortage, but insists that “after a thorough review of all available data, there is no evidence to link our formulas to these infant illnesses.”

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration has reached an agreement with Abbott Laboratories on the steps needed to reopen the company’s shuttered baby formula plant.

The company said on Monday that production could begin within about two weeks and could translate to more formula on shelves in six to eight weeks. The company said it will continue flying formula in from a plant in Ireland.

The agreement said Abbott must hire a qualified expert to oversee a variety of improvements at the Sturgis facility.

As frustration at the crib side and in grocery aisles grew, the agency has been in a race to replenish depleted supplies that have become political fodder for Republicans against the Biden administration.

The plant shutdown exacerbated an existing supply crisis, as parents rushed to stock up on formula. With store shelves bare in some communities, some have been so desperate they have fed their infants powdered oatmeal cereal and fruit juice, even though pediatricians say formula or breast milk is a crucial source of nutrition from birth to the first birthday.

This country was once a land of abundance. Now we are importing formula.

Nestle SA (NESN.S) is flying baby formula supplies to the United States from the Netherlands and Switzerland to alleviate the shortage in U.S. supermarkets, the company said on Tuesday.

Nestle is moving Gerber baby food formula to the United States from the Netherlands and Alfamino baby formula from Switzerland to the U.S., it said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

“We prioritized these products because they serve a critical medical purpose as they are for babies with cow’s milk protein allergies,” the company said. “Both products were already being imported but we moved shipments up and rushed via air to help fill immediate needs.”

While Pelosi is threatening indictments, let’s recall her infamous ice cream social on The Late Show. Being out of touch is totally on-brand for her.


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2smartforlibs | May 18, 2022 at 1:13 pm

Who are you going to indict( you don’t have the power) the FDA?

Jack Klompus | May 18, 2022 at 1:16 pm

How much longer does humanity have to be subjected to this useless, hideous, stupid old crone??

henrybowman | May 18, 2022 at 1:20 pm

Two babies died of bacterial infection.
In the entire country.
They both drank Abbott formula.
40+% of the babies in the county drink Abbott formula.
No contamination was found at Abbott’s plant.
This entire issue is a regulatory dog and pony show, and Pelosi’s response is the threat of a tyrant.

    Halcyon Daze in reply to henrybowman. | May 18, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    So let’s indict Pelosi.

    Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | May 18, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Correction: Contamination was found at the plant, which is why it shut down and why the FDA isn’t letting it reopen until it’s jumped through a number of hoops, that have maybe now been lowered a little.

    The thing is, none of the sick babies got it from that contamination. The bacteria found in the babies’ formula at home did not match any of the ones found at the plant. And they did match other contamination found in their respective homes. So their illness was not caused by any fault of Abbott; but perhaps some other babies may have caught whatever was going around at the plant, or if they had pushed their luck and remained open perhaps some babies might have caught it later. So they do have to clean it up before reopening.

    Had it not been for the original sick babies ringing what turned out to be a false alarm, they would never have found the actual contamination.

    gonzotx in reply to henrybowman. | May 18, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Lol I volunteer at a wildlife rescue and feed all those babies exactly that!

    On the one hand, 2 babies were made sick from formula so the manufacturer shut down production. On the other, countless people have been made sick by the mRNA vaccines, which still are being pushed by gov’t and the manufacturer.

    Obvious solution, Abbot needs to rebrand their baby formula as a ‘vaccine against starvation’ and sell it under an EUA that never expires.

      Milhouse in reply to MrE. | May 18, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      On the one hand, 2 babies were made sick from formula

      … that was contaminated in their home, not at the plant. The DNA tests proved that. But in the meantime they found problems at the plant, that would never have been found had they not been looking because of those babies.

      And it was 4 babies made sick, 2 died. None from anything that happened at the plant.

        Boy! There’s no speaking off-the-cuff around you, Milhouse! 😉

        Whether 2 or 4 and regardless of what was found at the plant, there’s a disparity of response / corrective action in the 2 scenarios I cited. I’m trying to imagine the Bidung admin / CDC, et al, yanking the mRNA vaccines off the market after 2-4 adverse reactions / deaths.

        But I’m not surprised. I saw that sort of thing several times as a quality control auditor; program management downplayed and buried what the contract specifications classified as “major” (potentially catastrophic) defects; but when confronted with an isolated minor defect didn’t hesitate to ground and reinspect the fleet. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a law that states the manufacturer’s reaction to a quality problem is inverse to the severity and scope of the issue – or simply the cost to repair.

          Jack Klompus in reply to MrE. | May 19, 2022 at 1:35 pm

          If you allow the biggest know it all pest in the comments to get to you, you’ll be drinking too much soon. He’s a pathological know it all best ignored.

Possible targets,
— Orange Man
— Climate change
— Putin
— Emilio Barzini

    SField in reply to fscarn. | May 18, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    It was Barzini.

    Peabody in reply to fscarn. | May 18, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Ever since Glenn Beck rubbed cheetoes on his face everybody has been proclaiming, “Orange Man bad”. I’m still waiting for Beck to make fun of Biden, but I guess it’ll be a long wait so I’ll go with climate change. At least we can control the climate. /s/

      SField in reply to Peabody. | May 18, 2022 at 2:59 pm

      I’m not a huge Glenn Beck fan, but he recently had President Trump on his show. Sounds like they buried the hatchet a couple of years ago. Glenn was wrong about Trump and says so.

      BTW his Biden parodies are hilarious.

    dmo in reply to fscarn. | May 18, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    You forgot two of the newest DNC “causes of death”, though.

    – Ron DeathSantis
    – Elon Musk

    Please update your list!

6 0z whole milk and one egg yolk, soaked into Purina Cat Chow. It works with orphan baby birds (not doves), baby rabbits and baby raccoons, in my experience. Add honey if it’s not sweet enough for the rabbits.

What? Are you going to indict the pedophile-in-chief for his government’s stupid policies?

If vile and miserable crone and apparatchik, Pelosi, wants to indict anyone, she should start with dim-witted, tottering, feeble and incompetent dotard, Biden, and his cabal of marionette handlers, chaperones and caretakers.

Juris Doctor | May 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Nutty Nancy threatening an unconstitutional bill of attainder.


No doubt she’s drunk again. Or still.

    Peabody in reply to UJ. | May 18, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    She’s upset because she mixes her Jack Daniels with infant formula—tastes like Irish creme.

    SeiteiSouther in reply to UJ. | May 18, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Meme I sent to my mother.

    (In the crying lady yelling at table cat format)

    Pelosi: As a Catholic…

    Table Cat: You misspelled alcoholic.

Ol’ san fran nan is going to be really pissed when she discovers all her russian vodka supply is gone.

healthguyfsu | May 18, 2022 at 2:14 pm

This is beyond stupidity for anyone with a thinking brain. You cause a bad news cycle for us control freaks? You get an indictment!

Comanche Voter | May 18, 2022 at 2:17 pm

Nancy has been hitting the sauce again–and is not doubt soiling her Pampers (she’s switched from Depends as her mental age regresses). Does she really think that the Ho use of Representatives has the power to indict so much as a ham sandwich? But the old girl rattles on becoming ever less relevant to sentient Americans.

Speaker Prehistoric B*tch should look into the nearest mirror and indict herself.

Looking to make a scapegoat out of Abbot I think.

A bit of good news- The Ministry of Truth and the leftist loon appointed to lead it, are no more.

They picked the biggest liar they could find to lead the Ministry of Truth and were surprised it failed. I guess they could start over with Fauci leading and call it Ministry of Whoopers.

    CommoChief in reply to Peabody. | May 18, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Leave the Disinformation Board in place and the next r admin can install Alex Jones to run it.

      Peabody in reply to CommoChief. | May 18, 2022 at 3:43 pm

      Or combine it with Pentagon and Lloyd Austin can be Chief of Pentagon/Disinformation Board thus killing two birds with one stone.

    henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | May 18, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    The Burger King king is looking for employment. Joe could open a Ministry of Whoppers.

“people have to be accountable, whether it is at FDA, or whether it is at Abbott.”
BWAHAHAHAHA!!! As if anyone at a government bureaucracy will EVER be held accountable!

Nancy, the person you need to is you. First, for over-regulating the baby formula industry in the first place to create an oligarchy with little competition. Second, for massive tariffs and restrictions on foreign supply of formula, Third, for not lifting the tariffs and restrictions when it became abundantly evident domestic production could not demand.

Who ‘ya gonna indict…Pelosi.

Who ‘ya gonna indict…Pelosi.

Who ‘ya gonna indict…Pelosi.

How many FDA officials can she indict? And add De Laurio to the list.

attached is the FDA report that preceded the plant getting shut down, looks like they sent in a dozen investigators to the Sturgis facility. There are several issues involved, they have issues with water and moisture, not wearing the proper apparel, contractors not following proper procedures.

    henrybowman in reply to buck61. | May 18, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    Wow, such filthy conditions in that… government document! It’s a miracle that no baby anywhere in the country was actually affected by any of them.

    I bet if you looked a little longer you’d discover that they don’t have enough handicapped parking spaces in the right areas of the employee parking lot, too.

    When I was in high school, my favorite steak sandwich dive was shut down by the health department for sanitary violations… in the detached shed out back where they stored paint and roofing materials.

    taurus the judge in reply to buck61. | May 19, 2022 at 9:11 am

    That’s not a big deal Buck. (This is coming from doing and responding to a few hundred of these over my career as a PE).

    All finding reports are written in “FD-eeze” ( most likely for dramatic effect)

    You know this because legitimate “serious” findings can and often will result in an immediate shut down- first, no actual “product” was contaminated ( the biggest one)

    All production areas have cracks where stuff grows ( no washdown is perfect)

    Also, many of these “findings” were from NCR’s done internally ( the company found them in a routine audit and were working to correct them)

    Point is, none of these are “show stoppers” uncommon to working in this particular industry.

    Also, given the nature of this type of product, there is little “over production” due to spoilage loss which is another factor in the unavailability. ( which also means increasing production can take a bit longer to bring distribution levels back.

    Something else is in play here

Oh, Gosh.
Everything is so confusing nowadays.
I thought the job of Congress was to pass legislation.

It sure shouldn’t take 3-4 months to decontaminate a formula production facility. The FDA needlessly created this problem by sitting on their asses instead of doing inspections and getting the plant online if it passes.

    henrybowman in reply to randian. | May 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Could have been worse. If it had been the EPA. they could have shown up in a surprise inspection, pulled the wrong lever, and caused a toxic environmental Similac spill.

So this useless waste of space who just sent $40B to Ukraine to money launder back into the politicians wallets when inflation is killing the American people thinks she has the power to indict people and put them in jail she has been in the sauce too much. Hopefully the people of San Francisco has had enough of her.

    Barry in reply to JG. | May 18, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    “Hopefully the people of San Francisco has had enough of her.”

    What you smoking, JG?

Just spitballing here. Who is least likely to be behind the shortage, ⁰the people who make money selling the shit.

Can someone explain how I could make a fortune shutting down my pharmacy?

On the other hand Pelosi will ve just fine

Obviously she will move to impeach Trump again.

It’s very frightening this weird, crazy woman is the third most powerful person in our country.

Our problem: IF we win the House in 2022, will we tolerate a putz like Kevin McCarthy to be Boehner II?

We need to hold Pelosi accountable for her crimes.

the house just passed a 28 million dollar spending bill for this, of course there is detailed plan on how to spend the money, something else just ripe for abuse

    gbm in reply to buck61. | May 19, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    “According to the text of the bill, the $28 million will go towards “Salaries and Expenses,” focused on addressing the current baby formula shortage as well as preventing future shortages.”

      henrybowman in reply to gbm. | May 23, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      Rep. Paul Gosar:

      First, let’s start with the basics. The names on these bills are flat out lies. It is a common democrat propaganda technique to put flowery, nice sounding names on bills that have nothing to do with the name. This allows them and use the media to lie about what is really in the bill.

      Nothing in either of these bills buys, supports or creates baby formula. If it did, I would have easily supported them. For example, H.R. 7791 merely provides $28 million to the FDA, a large government bureaucracy. Does it let that agency manufacture or buy baby formula? Absolutely not. It is for salary raises, benefits and lining the pockets of bureaucrats. I could not support this wasteful spending.

      Throwing more money at the FDA does not create baby formula. Bottom line: There is not enough baby formula because the FDA shut down the only plant making it in the United States and failed to get it back to operating despite knowing about the shortage for seven months

taurus the judge | May 19, 2022 at 7:15 am

There is something going on here. (Cue Buffalo Springfield Lyrics here)

As stated in a different thread, as a PE and having clients in USDA and FDA production facilities- this doesn’t seem quite right as it develops.

This “alleged shortage” is a US only problem for starters.

If the media accounts are to be taken as accurate ( they sound “correct” if not incomplete) then there has been long no reason for this plant to have been locked down. (There was no direct link to the incident and all food/drug plants have some type of finding- there is no such thing as the 100% facility)

Also, this “one plant” would not and could not account for the depth and breadth of the “alleged shortage” nationally even if it “went away”. (Others up production, contingency stocks et and new production lines as well as imports).

All of this is speculation and drawing a conclusion based on questionable information (I concede that coming out of the gate) but there is something else going on here.

And saying the Govt is “stupid” is wrong. (Playing Stupid is a psyops shield to “explain away” acts while hiding a real agenda that often invokes sympathy or even a superiority complex)

This is a deliberately manufactured “crisis” for reasons yet to be determined and Pelosi calling for “indictments” ( would love to hear the actual charges, much less “who” will be indicted) tells me they are trying to get a way out now.

Have these people never heard of cow’s milk? When I was a baby all I was feed until could eat solid food was milk. I was at the grocery store today I bet there was over a hundred gallows of milk for sell.