Court upholds plea bargain for officials over toxic formula

The Petah Tikva Magistrates Court upheld the plea bargain of five Health Ministry supervisors who were charged with introducing a toxic baby formula, "Vegetable Remedy," to Israel in 2003, Army Radio reported Sunday.
The formula resulted in the deaths of 4 infants and 10 toddlers were seriously injured in their nervous systems.
According to the settlement, the defendants were convicted of negligence in distributing the formula, but were not convicted of a criminal offense.
The ex-ministry officials will be forced to serve 400 hours each of community service.