Negligence and the baby formula shortage; MI Supreme Court rules on LGBTQ protections

Cheyna Roth and Detroit News reporter Kayla Ruble talk about Abbott Nutrition’s role in the baby formula shortage. Plus, Michigan Supreme Court affirms LGBTQ protections under Elliott-Larsen Act, and Detroit officials bolster election security ahead of August primaries.

The baby formula plant at the center of a nationwide shortage says it’s on track to reopen its plant next month, which will eventually help replenish supplies of popular and specialty formulas. Photo credit: John Crowley/Flickr

Abbott Nutrition’s production facility in Sturgis, MI was one of the primary causes of the baby formula shortage we saw earlier this year. Now, investigators and reporters are learning how awful production practices were leading up to the recall and subsequent shortage.

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In this episode:

  • Detroit News reporter Kayla Ruble on Abbott Nutrition’s practices at its baby formula production facility in Sturgis, MI
  • Michigan’s Supreme Court says sexual orientation is protected under the Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act
  • Detroit bolsters absentee ballot counting capacity in preparation for August primary
  • Flint Water Crisis trial updates

The Detroit News’ Kayle Ruble, author of recent story “How a stun gun incident at Abbott’s Michigan plant led to a nationwide baby formula recall,” says Abbott’s plant had lax safety procedures and damaged or malfunctioning equipment.

Questions remain as to whether or not regulatory agencies had knowledge of the plant’s conditions before contaminated formula was distributed.

Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, MI produces specialty baby formulas. When their products were recalled, it created a shortage in specialty formulas that led to nationwide panic buying.

Photo credit: John Crowley/Flickr.

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