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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island vitamin manufacturing company has agreed to halt all operations in the wake of a federal investigation involving adulterated vitamins at the facility.

The owners, Michael Ragno Sr. and Michael Ragno Jr., were cited last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for producing vitamins tainted with anabolic steroids at their Mira Health Products Ltd. plant in Farmingdale.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/VgP4jm ) says the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the company and the owners earlier this year.

The department said Tuesday the owners signed a consent decree acknowledging they sold adulterated dietary supplements and misbranded products containing steroids.

About 29 people were sickened and one was hospitalized.

Newsday says the owners couldn't be reached for comment. Their lawyer declined to answer questions about the company and its owners.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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