House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned on Tuesday that criminal charges could be filed in the United States over the ongoing baby formula shortage, stating that an “indictment” may be required until investigations into the cause of the crisis are completed.
Pelosi made the statement during a press conference on the formula scarcity on Tuesday. She believes “there might be a need for indictment” once “all of this is done.”
After House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro promised that her panel would investigate Abbott Nutrition, the company that issued product recalls and shut down a major manufacturing plant in February amid a US Food and Drug Administration investigation for possible contamination.
Pelosi raised the possibility of prosecution during a press conference with fellow Democrats.
“People have to be accountable,” DeLauro added, “whether it’s at the FDA or at Abbott.”
Following allegations that four babies who drank products prepared at the factory were ill with bacterial illnesses, Abbott voluntarily closed its plant in Sturgis, Michigan. Two of the children perished.
The business subsequently admitted that its recall exacerbated the industry-wide formula shortage, but claims that “there is no evidence to link our formulas to these infant illnesses following a thorough review of all available data.”
Pelosi said that the infants who died ate “contaminated” formula, calling it “sinful” and saying that “that’s one thing they’ll be looking at.”
“But when it comes to babies, it’s the here and now and at this moment,” the speaker continued, referring to supply chain concerns that have also contributed to shortages.
“I think that when all of this is said and done – I’m not associating by 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,” She continued.
Abbott did not immediately react to a request for comment from FOX Business about Pelosi’s statements.