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Doctors given lavish gifts in baby milk scam

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Doctors given lavish gifts in baby milk scam
The doctors allegedly accepted lavish gifts in return for encouraging new mothers to buy artificial milk. Powdered milk photo: Shutterstock
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A dozen pediatricians in Italy allegedly accepted expensive gifts, including smartphones, computers and Mediterranean cruises, in return for encouraging new mothers to buy artificial milk instead of breast feeding.

Lavished with gifts from a baby food company, police said the doctors misled mothers by promoting artificial milk, according to a report in the Livorno edition of Il Tirreno.

Among those arrested were two hospital department heads. Five sales executives and the director of the food company were also arrested.

The arrests followed 26 raids across Tuscany, Lombardy, Marche and Liguria.

The gifts also included televisions, air conditioners and trips to the US, Paris and London. 

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