Tainted formula: DOJ opens criminal probe on Abbott after infant deaths

Enlarge / The Abbott manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan, on May 13, 2022. Getty | Jeff Kowalsky

The Department of Justice’s consumer-protection branch has opened a criminal investigation into the conduct of Abbott Laboratories, one of the country’s largest formula makers, at the center of a contamination scandal and ongoing nationwide shortage.

The existence of the investigation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Though the DOJ is not commenting on it, a spokesperson for Abbott said the department has informed them of the investigation and that the company is “cooperating fully.”

Federal regulators last year found numerous violations

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