(Natural News) Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decides to allow Abbott Laboratories to reopen its Sturgis, Mich., plant, it will take at least another 10 weeks for baby formula to get back on store shelves.
In all likelihood, it will take 12 weeks from the time of this writing for Abbott baby formula products to reappear in grocery and drug stores since it is expected that the soonest the FDA will allow the plant to reopen is two weeks from now.
The plant closed in mid-February after contamination issues were linked to numerous reports of infant illness and death. Abbott, of course, denies the contamination, saying “there is no evidence to link our formulas to these infant illnesses.”
Congress is convening in two weeks to address the baby formula shortage that resulted from the fiasco.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), meanwhile, is demanding that the FDA reopen the plant immediately, presumably because he holds some kind of financial or political stake in the company.
Romney claims that he is simply concerned about the lives of babies, but this is doubtful.
“We understand the situation is urgent – getting Sturgis up and running will help alleviate this shortage,” Abbott said in a statement.
“We would begin production of EleCare, Alimentum and metabolic formulas first and then begin production of Similac and other formulas. From the time we restart the site, it will take six to eight weeks before product is available on shelves.”
Abbott implements “corrections” at plant after claiming its formulas are not linked to infant illness and death
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has called the situation “increasingly alarming,” but Romney insists that not reopening the dirty plant immediately is “risking the lives of infants across the nation.”
Abbott has been shut down for about three months now, and a March 18 inspection identified numerous areas where the company can improve its systems and protocols.
On April 8, the FDA issued a report stating that it takes the matter “very seriously” and will come up with a solution soon.
“Even before our formal response, we had begun working to address these issues, implement improvements and take corrective action,” Abbott said in a contradictory statement to the other one it made about its products having no link to the infant illnesses and deaths.
Abbott says it “immediately implemented” corrections after the FDA raised concerns about the situation.
“We’ve been seeing and hearing the stress and despair of parents who are facing empty shelves,” Abbott said.
“We deeply regret the situation and since the recall, we’ve been working to increase supply at our other FDA-registered facilities, including bringing in Similac from our site in Cootehill, Ireland, by air and producing more liquid Similac and Alimentum.”
“We also began releasing metabolic formulas that were on hold earlier this month at FDA’s request to those who need these unique formulas,” the company added.
More than half of America is 40-50% out of baby formula stock
Upwards of 40 percent of large retail stores throughout the country are currently out of stock of baby formula, up from 31 percent in mid-April, according to data analytics firm Datasembly.
More than half of the country is seeing out-of-stock rates of between 40 percent and 50 percent, Datasembly says based on data it collected from 11,000 locations.
The shortage has prompted retail chains Target, CVS and Walgreens to start limiting purchases to no more than three containers of baby formula per customer.
“The nationwide infant formula shortages are increasingly alarming and demand Congress’ immediate attention,” said Rep. Farnke Pallone (D-N.J.).
“This is an urgent issue that the FDA as you all know and the White House is working 24/7 to address,” added White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre. “They are committed to pulling every lever and are ready to making progress and getting more supply onto the market.”
Romney, meanwhile, is flipping out about the situation, calling on both the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to do more to address the situation because of the “serious implications of the current shortage on infant health.”
“The responsibility falls on the FDA and the USDA to protect infant health by ensuring they have access to safe formula,” Romney wrote in an urgent letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
“Given the serious implications of the current shortage on infant health, I am deeply concerned about the apparent lack of an effective mitigation strategy and urge both agencies to move as fast as possible to safely resolve this situation.”
Sarah Sorscher from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says that the plant cannot immediately reopen because there is “still some risk” from the formula, plus the FDA “hasn’t identified a root cause.”
More related news about the FDA and the baby formula crisis can be found at FDA.news.
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Elise Stefanik Hits ‘Disgusting’ Blame Game by Democrats After Buffalo Murders
Deputies of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) are swatting down claims by pro-migration liberals that she helped cause the racist, anti-migrant shootings in Buffalo, New York.
“Any implication or attempt to blame the heinous shooting in Buffalo on the Congresswoman is a new disgusting low for the Left, their Never Trump allies, and the sycophant stenographers in the media,” said Alex DeGrasse, a senior adviser to Stefanik. He continued:
This is Joe Biden’s border crisis and crime crisis across America and the Left and their allies in the media will do anything to help Joe Biden pass the buck. Congresswoman Stefanik will never stop fighting to secure our borders and secure our elections.
DeGrasse denounced the anti-migrant shooter who murdered 10 people at a Tops Friendly Markets supermarket in Buffalo, New York, saying:
The shooting was an act of evil and the criminal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Despite sickening and false reporting, Congresswoman Stefanik has never advocated for any racist position or made a racist statement.
She opposes mass amnesty for illegal immigrants and Joe Biden’s wide open border. Like the vast majority of Americans, she opposes giving illegal immigrants the right to vote which NY Democrats support and have made legal in New York City. She strongly supports legal immigration and is one of the national leaders credited with diversifying the Republican Party through candidate recruitment and messaging.
We thank the groveling hacks in the media for reminding voters that Republicans oppose amnesty and will secure the border while Democrats support mass amnesty and voting rights for illegals.
Stefanik chairs the conference committee which represents all GOP members in the House. That makes her a leading spokeswoman in the 2022 elections, where the GOP’s gains are partly fueled by the GOP’s promise to reverse President Joe Biden’s policy of not enforcing the popular laws that bar the inflow of foreign workers into Americans’ jobs and communities.
The anti-Stefanik criticism includes this post by the Washington Post, where a reporter who used to cover immigration issues wrote a passive-voice, unattributed lead:
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the No. 3 House Republican, and other GOP lawmakers came under scrutiny Sunday for previously echoing the racist “great replacement” theory that apparently inspired an 18-year-old who allegedly killed 10 people while targeting Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo.
But the Washington Post report quickly deflated itself, saying, “While Stefanik has not pushed the theory by name, she and other conservatives have echoed the tenets of the far-right ideology as part of anti-immigrant rhetoric that has fired up the Republican base ahead of the midterm elections.”
Stefanik is facing the same someone-somewhere-claimed charges from her regional newspaper, the Times Union wrote May 15:
Before an 18-year-old man went to a Buffalo supermarket Saturday and killed 10 people and injured three in a mass shooting that officials have described as fueled by racism, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and other prominent Republicans had been accused of using language that tacitly aligns with “replacement theory,” which the attacker allegedly cited numerous times in an online manifesto, according to several media descriptions of the post.
The newspaper is an advocate for cheap labor migration that would help business groups by suppressing Americans’ wages and spiking housing prices. In 2021, for example, the paper’s editorial board wrote:
America flourished because immigrants contributed to its labor force and its culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Today, according to the American Immigration Council, they make up over a third of the farming, fishing, and forestry workforce, and one-fourth of those working in computer and math sciences. Over four million immigrants work in the health care and social service industry. In many cases, they are doing jobs American citizens don’t want to do.
It is in this country’s best interests to bring those millions of people who are here illegally but living honest, productive lives out of the shadows and give them a path to citizenship — an idea even some Republican lawmakers once supported before Mr. Trump and his ilk poisoned the debate.
Stefanik’s pro-migration record has done little or nothing to prevent the media criticism of Stefanik. For example, in March 2021, she voted for a bill that would provide farm investors with an unlimited pool of cheap foreign labor and also provide the Democratic Party with a new stream of poor legal immigrants.
In the 2022 election, Stefanik is zig-zagging between the party’s pro-migration and pro-American wings. In 2021 and 2022, amid their differences, the two wings have blocked most of the Democrats’ schemes to expand the flow of white-collar and blue-workers into the United States. In early May, the two wings also announced a consensus plan for border fixes by a GOP-majority Congress in 2023.
The “top-polling issues are inflation, the economic crisis as far as labor shortage and workforce development, the crime crisis as well, the border security crisis as well,” Stefanik told the Hill. “On all of those issues we have been very disciplined on messaging, and the polling shows that we maintain double-digit leads on every single issue.”
WATCH: Maple Leafs Fans Fight Each Other After Game 7 Loss
As the Tampa Bay Lightning knocked the Toronto Maple Leafs out of hockey’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, Leafs fans turned on each other to vent their frustrations.
After the Lightning rolled the Leafs 2-1 in Game 7 on Saturday night, Leafs fans didn’t seem to know how to cope with the loss and several fistfights broke out in the stadium.
Video of one of the tussles shows a shirtless fan desperately trying to avoid blows from a fellow fan, though none seem to connect — at least in the video.
But as the first two circle each other, a few other fans started flailing about forcing a police officer to intervene to break it all up.
Leafs fans are turning on each other… pic.twitter.com/rm7RFcNqhE
— 6ixBuzzTV (@6ixbuzztv) May 15, 2022
The loss for the Leafs puts them out of Stanley Cup contention, once again. But it isn’t anything new. They haven’t won a series since 2004.
As the New York Post added, the Leafs have crumpled for years every time they come anywhere near a series.
“The Maple Leafs have 10 straight losses when facing a chance to close out a series. The list includes blowing a 3-1 series lead on the Canadiens in 2021 but started with memorably blowing a three-goal lead in the final nine minutes of a Game 7 against the Bruins in 2013,” the paper wrote.
Evidently, the fans can feel the frustration.
Biden’s America: Gas Prices Reach Another All-Time High
Gas prices reached another all-time high Monday as the Biden administration continues in its failure to take responsibility for rising prices.
The national average for regular gas rose to $4.483 on Monday, reflecting a roughly 15-cent increase over the last week.
According to AAA, has prices have risen over 40 cents during the last month. The national average for regular is also well over $1.40 more than it was one year ago.
As of Monday, the average price for mid-grade stood at $4.845, and the average price for premium is now $5.132. The average price for diesel stands at $5.566, hitting an all-time high on Sunday after reaching $5.568.
Three states are seeing average gas prices over $5.00 per gallon for regular gas — California ($5.983), Nevada ($5.179), and Washington ($5.033).
President Joe Biden speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Biden has failed to take responsibility for rising prices across the board, maintaining that Democrat policies “help” the situation. Instead of looking at the massive spending of Democrats and his administration’s assault on American energy independence, Biden said inflation is “really complicated” and blamed Republicans for blocking his agenda while also pointing to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the coronavirus pandemic, oil and gas companies, and big corporations.
As Breitbart News detailed:
“Right now it’s confusing. There’s a war in Ukraine and they’re scratching their head,” Biden said about the American people.
“Most people, the vast majority of Americans are hoping that their government just takes care of their problem and they don’t have to think about it in detail at the kitchen table,” he continued.
Biden said the “average person” just did not understand why inflation was happening and tried to signal he understood their concerns.
Biden later added that he can “taste” the frustrations of Americans.
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