Manufacturer: 2 months for more baby formula to hit shelves – National & International News – THU 12May2022

Senate Democrats say Abbott Laboratories put its profits ahead of infants' health, leading to deaths and baby formula shortage.

Abbott: 2 months for more baby formula to hit shelves. Jan. 6 panel subpoenas McCarthy, other GOP House members. Finland to join NATO; Russia vows “retaliation”.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Manufacturer: 2 months for more baby formula to hit shelves.

Abbott Laboratories, makers of the baby formula brands Elecare, Similac, Alimentum, say it will take six to eight weeks to fully restock shelves with its formulas. Back in February, Abbott issued a voluntary recall of many of its products following the deaths of two infants. Those two infant and two others who survived were exposed to a deadly bacteria that can cause meningitis.

An investigation of Abbott’s manufacturing facility in Sturgis, MI, is ongoing. The company hopes to have that factory up and running in two weeks, but it will take time to get production back up. A statement from the company says, “We would begin production of EleCare, Alimentum and metabolic formulas first and then begin production of Similac and other formulas”.

Abbot insists that its products were not responsible for the infant sicknesses and deaths, but the FDA and CDC have yet to publish their findings.

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to contact a pediatrician if they can’t find their baby’s formula.

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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas McCarthy, other GOP House members

The Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol has subpoenaed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as well as other Trump-supporting members of the House. The decision for a House committee to subpoena sitting members of its own chamber is likely unprecedented. All five of the subpoenaed members have previously refused requests to give a statement to the committee voluntarily.

McCarthy is known to have had contact with former President Trump on the day in question. Recently, audio surfaced of a conversation between McCarthy and Rep. Liz Cheney (a committee member) in the days following the attack. In the recording, McCarthy deliberated about asking Trump to resign.

“You f*cking did this!”

Aside from McCarthy, the other representatives called to testify are Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Andy Biggs of Arizona. Liz Cheney has said that she considers Jim Jordan in particular a “material witness” to that day’s events. As rioters stormed the Capitol, Jordan attempted to escort Cheney from the chamber. Cheney recoiled, saying “Don’t touch me. You f*cking did this!”.

Jordan has known ties to some of the extremist groups that entered the Capitol that day. He was also in contact with them in the days prior to the attack.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Finland decides to join NATO; Russia vows “retaliation”

Finland’s leaders announced today that the country will apply to join NATO “without delay”. Sweden, with whom Finland shares a close political relationship, is also mulling the possibility of joining the military alliance. They will announce their decision on Sunday, May 15. Both Finland and Sweden are Western oriented and had a fraught history with the Soviet Union. However, they have long resisted joining NATO for fear of antagonizing Russia.

Finland and Russia share an 800-mile border. Russia routinely conducts military maneuvers with submarines and other naval assets in both countries’ waters. Given Russia’s recent unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the Finns and Swedes are questioning the merits of appeasing the Kremlin.

Following Finland’s announcement, Russia threatened retaliation with unspecified “military-technical” measures.

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