STURGIS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The U.S. Justice Department announced it is investigating the Abbott Laboratories infant formula plant in Sturgis after a contamination forced a several months shutdown in 2022.

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An FDA inspection in February 2022 found a bacteria which can be deadly to infants. The inspection lead to the shutdown and triggered a nationwide baby formula shortage. In addition, Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formulas made at the plant were recalled.

Abbott restarted production in June 2022, but closed several weeks after severe storms triggered flooding in the plant. That forced another closure that lasted two weeks and halted production of EleCare specialty infant formula.

Abbott spokesperson Scott Stoffel said the Justice Department has informed the company of its investigation and that the company is “cooperating fully.”