Pelosi says ‘indictment’ could be needed over baby formula shortage

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that there might need to be an “indictment” over the nationwide shortage of baby formula, in a move that could serve to blow back on President Joe Biden.

According to Fox News, Pelosi suggested criminal charges for anyone who contributed to the ongoing shortage that is reaching a critical point for many families, saying that an “indictment” might be the answer once investigations into the cause of the crisis come to an end.

“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,” Fox News reported. 

DeLauro said in his statement about the growing issue that “people have to be accountable, whether it is at FDA, or whether it is at Abbott.”

The Sturgis, Michigan-based plant shut down voluntarily after complaints that four babies who consumed the products from the facility became ill from bacterial infections, two of whom died. 

The company acknowledged that it’s recall made the already problematic industry-wide formula shortage worse but insists that “after a thorough review of all available data, there is no evidence to link our formulas to these infant illnesses.”

Pelosi also spoke to the sick children who consumed the formula “that was contaminated,” calling it “sinful” and adding, “that’s one thing they’ll be looking at.”

She continued, “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.”

Fox Business attempted to contact the formula manufacture for a statement about Pelosi’s comments, but they were referred to the company’s former statement which said, “Abbott has been around for 130 years because we’re trusted to do the right thing. We will work hard to re-earn the trust moms, dads and caregivers have placed in our formulas for decades. It’s important to know that there is no conclusive evidence to link our formulas to the reported infant illnesses.”