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Richard Illyes

Why is the US Press failing to cover the details of this screwup? The UK Daily Mail has a long article and it looks like an FDA problem. Here is their headline: Why is biggest baby formula plant in US STILL shut down after three months? Abbott says plant is safe and was not responsible for bacteria that killed two kids

In the story it says the FDA found no problems with the plant. The Daily Mail story is worth reading. It looks like the FDA is in a totally CYA mode unable to do anything but have meetings about having meetings. A perfect example of how bad government under Biden has become. The FDA, having screwed up the testing, now refuses to move until it can find a way to blame someone else. They could care less about starving babies.

Paula Flinn

I was a PET Milk baby. Is there shortage of that, too?

Carlos Ponce

PET milk was acquired by Pillsbury in 1995. What is in shortage is specialized baby formulae recommended by pediatricians. Abbott Nutrition makes Similac.

Susan Duif

Congress is sending another 40 billion to Ukraine though LOL. This is late stage empire stuff. Hope everyone has stockpiling on top of their usual hurricane supplies. It's going to get worse.

Bailey Jones

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/05/baby-formula-shortage-abbott-recall/629828/

Richard Illyes

Amazing that the Atlantic finds a way to blame Trump. Cronobacter apparently can be found almost everywhere and was not found in the sterile production areas, which the Atlantic article fails to mention.

The FDA lacks leadership and apparently will never let the plant re-open. Better to starve babies if there is a chance to blame Trump than to admit they never should have closed the plant at all.

Bailey Jones

I see four paragraphs about the FDA's shortcomings and one sentence about our disgraced and defeated former president's unfortunate trade policy. Triggered much?

But just in case anyone wants to read the rag that you referenced, that story is here - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10805361/Experts-demand-FDA-reopens-Abbott-plant-alleviate-baby-formula-crisis.html

Jim Claffy

At least the Biden administration is taking steps to ensure migrant babies at our southern border are taken care of.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/gop-rep-illegal-migrants-pallets-baby-formula

From the article: ""They are sending pallets, pallets of baby formula to the border," Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., said in a video posted to Facebook Wednesday. "Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula."

While I am empathetic to the plight of the immigrants, it is not right to put their needs ahead of our own citizens. :dumbfounded:

Charles Douglas

Mr Claffy> Illegals getting free baby formula!

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Gary Scoggin

The baby formula in the story is being sent to parents with babies that are in holding facilities. People that can’t go out and find formula on their own because, in essence, they are incarcerated. Certainly, we can say they shouldn’t be here in the first place, but I really don’t think we should let those babies starve due to the sins of their parents.

Obviously, some of you disagree.

Jim Claffy

So the non citizen, non tax-paying parents in holding facilities should have better access to formula than law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. That is muddled liberal thinking. You can’t take care of others unless you can take care of yourself.

Gary Scoggin

My focus is on babies. Yours is on citizens. Therein lies the difference. How else will incarcerated babies be fed? Or does it matter? After all, as non-citizens I guess their lives are worth a lot less.

Charles Douglas

Mr.Claffy> Well articulated sir! American babies are dying, because of Radical Liberal blunders with the issues concerning baby formula, yet our uniformed, unqualified leaders in DC are sending baby formula to the border to illegal invading lawbreakers, but put the stop on importing baby formulas into America from Ireland for our law abiding citizens!

Looks like to me with all the bad decisions being made in DC, we have representatives working against America, and for our enemies! Looks as though we have the proverbial "Wolf Guarding The Hen House!"

You hit the nail squarely on the head sir and you KNOCKED THE ISSUE OUT OF THE PARK! You sir, are my kind of American!

Gary Scoggin

I can't stand those dastardly babies who are " illegal invading lawbreakers," They should have never decided to accompany their parents to America. But some, I assume, are good people.

Jim Claffy

Pretty soon Americans will have to go to the border to get what they need to provide for their families. [rolleyes]

Carlos Ponce

"They should have never decided to accompany their parents to America."

One questions the thought process of taking a baby on such a trip. Mary and Joseph took Jesus on a trip but they were well funded with gifts from magi.

Gary Miller

Illegal have no problem getting baby formula. Biden is giving each of them a three month supply before putting them on planes, trains, or bus to their preferred destination. Illegals aren't stupid. they sell baby formula when they get there.

Gary Scoggin

Gary M.. A question. When the "illegals" get on the plane do they pack their three month supply of formula in their carry-ons or in their checked baggage?

Charles Douglas

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" ..1 TIM 5:8.

Charles Douglas

I do give American Radicals credit for one thing though, ..That is they uniformally stick to their mission in all things, and that mission for America is the mission Obama came through the door with in his first term.

Their mission: TO KNOCK AMERICA OFF THE LIST OF EXCEPTIONAL NATIONS, ...by tearing it down, bringing it down, or burning it down like they were shouting from the streets while rioting in the streets of Minneapolis a rear ago!

Charles Douglas

My stance is very simple, and that is my priority is, and shall always be America First! "Little baby Willow" in the picture above connected to this article, should the the priority of any politician calling themselves Americans, before they spend taxpayers money on individuals from other countries or nations for baby formula, In other words I will make sure my kids are clothed and fed before I hit the streets trying to see to anybody else's family! It is the law of nature and the jungle! I also think it It is a scandalous testimony to the many individuals sucking up the good and advantages America has afforded them and yet be so openly obligated to other nations opposing America & Americans, especially Red China!

Gary Scoggin

I consider myself a Christian first and an American second. So while you may say "America First", I say "Jesus First." And the New Testament is full of examples on how we should treat strangers. Try Luke 6, starting at Verse 27, for example. It's particularly apt for those whom consider people trying to migrate to this country as their enemies.

Carlos Ponce

You may say "Jesus First" but Jesus wanted us to obey local authorities. When they enter illegally are they obeying Jesus? Even when they register as potential asylum seekers then won't report in as directed are they obeying Jesus? You may say "Jesus first" but the overwhelming majority of them are saying "ME FIRST" and "Forget your laws".

Charles Douglas

This is the first time I have ever heard Gary Scoggin say publicly that the was a Christian! What's the matter are you ashamed of Jesus? I hope not. Since you want to quote scriptures,.. try the Commandment which says, Thou shall not murder. I don't hear you posting against abortion! I Think you are covering up the fact that Liberals want to whittle America down to be a third world nation, by tearing it down, preaching RACISM every minute of the day, CRT, DOXXING, CENSORSHIP and so on! The things the Radical LEFT is doing in this nation are wrong and you know it is wrong. So I say this talk is cheap but love is shown Not by word or tongue but by deed and truth! You talk about what the word says about strangers,...but the word also talks about your family, and your brother, and your neighbor too! You Can't treat American babies like [censored] and think you are going to score points with GOD by speaking up for illegal kids being bought illegally across the border!

Gary Scoggin

Charles, my friend, if you haven’t seen me state my positions as a Christian and being pro-life, then you haven’t been paying attention. And my position on this issue and all others are not based on trying to “score points with GOD”, as Grace makes that unnecessary. They are based on trying to follow the example of Christ, an effort where all of us, especially me, often fall short.

Carlos Ponce

Yes, but sticking up for a political party that is for abortion is incongruent to Christianity. (And readers, please don't list those "religions" that have no problems with killing babies. Read the Bible. You will find this practice does not follow the true God's teachings.)

Charles Douglas

Mr. Ponce> You are as right as East Texas Rain sir! You KNOCKED it out younder!!!! Wayyyyyy out there!!!!! I use to belong to that party many years ago, but I had an excuse, I was groomed with a "Segregated Education" back during "Jim Crow." However when I got out there and started digging & buying my learning, I learned better! My mom used to tell me so many years ago, .."Son when you know better....You're suppose to do better!" She was right! Words to live by!!!!

Oh by the way "OG"...when I'm out speaking the word, helping the poor, donating to missionaries, donating to those who need food, I am NOT looking for Grace. I received that when I became a Christian years and years ago. My aim now is to score point with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost by Doing What They Would Do! [wink]

Jim Forsythe

Speaking at her final press briefing as White House press secretary, Jen Psaki pointed to the Flores Settlement Agreement when asked about GOP criticisms. She said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is following that court agreement by providing formula to babies crossing the border. The Flores agreement "has been followed by every administration" since it was enacted in 1997 following a lawsuit—requires children in federal custody to be provided access to adequate food, water and medical assistance, among other things. "Hence formula for kids under the age of 1

The FDA has given Abbott discretion, depending on product availability and the severity of the individual’s need. The specialty and metabolic formulas that may be released. If a child is in need of special products and none can be found in the stores or online there is help. Patients and caregivers seeking access to these products should contact Abbott directly to request that a product be made available to them by calling 1-800-881-0876.The company is providing them free of charge, in coordination with physicians and hospitals.

A friend of mine has twins which means they have to have double the amount of formula. They were able to get what they needed by going to more than one store yesterday. Also, it can be obtained by going online which when I looked yesterday, it was available.

Ted Gillis

I remember when Blue Bell had to shut down and gut their facilities in Brenham all the way to the studs and then start all over again, except there was no 800 number to call if you had an ice cream emergency.

Charlotte O'rourke

The press is covering this story. The WSJ had an excellent article.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/who-made-the-baby-formula-shortage-biden-administration-abbott-tariffs-nestle-11652480538?mod=opinion_lead_pos1

Restricting choice and imposing controls and tariffs have consequences. Plenty of blame to go around.

Charlotte O'rourke

Whoops. Posted the opinion piece instead of the article. Both were very good.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/baby-formula-shortage-stuns-states-including-tennessee-kansas-and-delaware-11652526002

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