FDA Issues Recall on Baby Formula

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Are you feeding your baby with formula? If so, then you need to be aware that there is a recall on three brands of baby formula made by Abbott Nutrition. The New York Times reported that the voluntary recall includes select lots of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas that were manufactured at an Abbott facility in Sturgis, Michigan. 

The recall comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received four consumer complaints of bacterial infections related to the formulas. 

Here is some information from the FDA website about the baby formula recall:

The U.S.Food and Drug Administration announced it is investigating consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. All of the cases are reported to have consumed powdered infant formula produced from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local partners, the FDA is alerting customers to avoid purchasing or using certain powdered infant formula products produced at this facility.

The FDA is advising consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas if:

The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and

The code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and

The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

The FDA is investigating complaints of four infant illnesses from three states. All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in once case. The FDA has initiated an onsite inspection at the facility.

Findings (as of February 17, 2022) include several positive Cronobacter sakazakii results from environmental samples taken by the FDA and adverse inspectional observations by the FDA investigators. A review of Abbott Nutrition’s internal records indicate environmental contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii and the firm’s destruction of product due to the presence of Cronobacter.

Parents or caregivers who have used these products, and are concerned about the health of their child, should contact the child’s health care provider. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should notify your child’s healthcare provider and seek medical care for your child immediately.

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