May 18, 2022
From Radical Glasgow (UK)

          If there was any doubt that capitalism kills, perhaps the following will convince you that it does, and we must kill capitalism before it kills us. What sort of society would tolerate companies that attempt to thwart legislation that could help prevent babies from infection. After all selling products to families that are intended to be fed to infant babies, must surely have the most stringent safety regulations and any producer of these products should welcome all safety regulations that can protect their customers. However, that is not how capitalism works. First and foremost, profit is paramount, shareholders bonuses are sacred and the governing policy will always be to increase those bonuses. Not the basis for an ethical system and a dangerous one when it comes to food for children and infants.  

The following extract from The Intercept: 


The Abbott Nutrition facility
in Sturgis, Michigan, which produces much of the U.S. supply of
baby formula, shut down in February, bringing production lines to a
grinding halt. Following a voluntary recall and investigation
by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the stoppage stemmed from a bacterial
outbreak whose effects would be felt months later. Starting last
September, five
who had consumed the plant’s formula contracted
bacterial infections
Two of them died.

           The production pause is now contributing to a national shortage of
formula, a crisis that experts believe will continue for months.
Abbott, however, disputes
that there is any link between its formula and the infant illnesses.

         Questions are now swirling about alleged problems at the
Abbott-owned factory, which produces popular brands such as Similac,
Alimentum, and EleCare. A recently disclosed
whistleblower document claims that managers at the Sturgis plant
falsified reports, released untested infant formula, and concealed
crucial safety information from federal inspectors.

           But eight years earlier, the formula industry rejected an
opportunity to take a more proactive approach — not only for
increasing supply capacity, but also for preventing a potential
outbreak. Records show that the industry successfully mobilized
against a 2014 proposal from the FDA to increase regular safety
inspections of plants used to manufacture baby formula.

           At the time, the FDA had proposed rules to prevent the
adulteration of baby formula in any step of the process in order to
prevent contamination from salmonella and Cronobacter sakazakii,
which led to this year’s Sturgis plant shutdown.

          The largest infant formula manufacturers quickly stepped up to
delay the safety proposals. The International Formula Council, now
known as the Infant Nutrition Council of America, is the lobby group
that represents Abbott Nutrition (owned by Abbott Laboratories),
Gerber (owned by Nestlé), Perrigo Co., and Reckitt Benckiser Group,
the companies that control 89
of the baby formula market in the U.S.

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