Pelosi Threatens Criminal Arrests

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

( – This week, United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated that there could be a need for criminal charges over the baby formula shortage.

Discussing the idea at a news conference she held to address the shortage, Pelosi noted that once the shortage was resolved, “there might be a need for indictment.” Although who and what would be indicted, the House Speaker never specified, adding that she wasn’t associating her colleagues with her statements.

Since last summer, the U.S. supply of baby formula has been slowly declining; however, in February, following the recall of formula produced at Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan facility, the problem worsened. The facility is the largest producer of baby formula in the country. Following several infant deaths and illnesses, the plant was shuttered.

Commenting on the recall, Abbott stated that the four complaints regarded Cronobacter sakazakii, an environmental bacteria that led to the death of two infants and illness among another two infants. Yet the company denies a link between their formula and the sicknesses, saying, “there is no evidence to link our formulas to these infant illnesses.”

However, reporting by Townhall reveals that “fault can be found with both FDA and Abbott,” adding that in “October 2021, prior to the infant deaths, a former Abbott employee warned senior FDA officials concerning food safety violations at the Sturgis plant.”

However, the report reveals that “action wasn’t taken immediately;” instead, the “FDA interviewed the whistleblower two months later” and hadn’t inspected the Michigan facility until January 31, only recalling the formula in February.

A recent announcement by the FDA reveals that an agreement was reached with Abbott, allowing the facility to resume operation, but it could take ten weeks for store shelves to return to normal levels.