Abbott faces criminal investigation over infant formula crisis

A handful of congressional Democrats encouraged federal investigations into Abbott’s handling of formula product contamination, which ultimately triggered a major recall and shut down a key plant in Sturgis, Michigan. last February. A whistleblower alleged that Abbott employees falsified documents and concealed food safety violations from FDA inspectors before the recall.

The DOJ and FDA declined to comment on the investigation.

The Sturgis factory had produced about a fifth of the country’s infant formula supply, and the closure sparked massive shortages that spread across the country and months later a political crisis erupted for the President Joe Biden.

The DOJ investigation comes just weeks after Abbott and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the company’s plans to build a new $536 million manufacturing facility in the state to produce specialty and metabolic formulas for medically vulnerable children and adults who have been hardest hit by the shortages. Abbott has struggled to ramp up production of the special formulas at its Sturgis plant and recently pushed back the availability of a list of metabolic formulas until April.

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