Spanish healthcare worker faces jail for selling baby formula

Care products company Spain’s healthcare regulator is investigating a Spaniard who allegedly sold baby formula at a Madrid hospital for almost €1,200 per bottle.

The worker, whose name has not been disclosed, allegedly sold the formula for €1.15 per bottle at the hospital between July 2013 and March 2016, the Spanish Health Ministry said in a statement.

The case comes amid a spate of cases of child formula poisoning, which has been linked to the importation of cheap formula from Brazil, Mexico and China.

The regulator says it is investigating three more cases of baby formula poisoning.

The nurse allegedly sold a batch of formula containing ingredients such as propylene glycol, potassium chlorohydrate, vitamin B12 and a sodium bicarbonate for €12.95 each at the Hospital for Advanced Care, the statement said.