The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a criminal federal investigation into Abbott Labs, the country’s largest baby formula maker. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news, which comes after Abbott Labs’ voluntary shutdown of their Michigan plant due to reports of infants getting sick after consuming some of their products. This move only exacerbated the already-existing infant formula shortage nationwide, leaving many families without access to this essential product for their children.
Impact on Families
The nationwide lack of infant formula has had an immense impact on many families who have been unable to find this necessary product for their children. The legal investigation is a step towards getting answers and accountability for these families.
Reason Behind Investigation
It is currently unknown what led to the criminal investigation, as there was no genetic match between the formula and sickness that afflicted the infants. It is possible that higher-level executives or middle management were aware of the situation and deliberately failed to act or covered it up.
The DOJ’s ongoing investigation into Abbott Labs will hopefully bring clarity and answers in regards to the nationwide baby formula shortage and those affected by it.