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Justice Department investigating Abbott baby formula plant

Justice Department investigating Abbott baby formula plant

NEW YORK (AP) – The US Department of Justice is investigating Abbott Laboratories’ infant formula plant in Michigan that was closed for months last year because of contamination, the company confirmed.

The factory closure in February 2022 caused a nationwide shortage of infant formula, forcing parents to seek formula from food banks, friends and doctor’s offices.

Production was resumed in June. Abbott spokesman Scott Stoffel said the Justice Department has informed the company about its investigation.

Stoffel said he and the company are “cooperating fully.”

The Wall Street Journal first reported the investigation, which said the consumer-protection arm of the Justice Department is probing the conduct at the Sturgis, Michigan plant that led to its closure.

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