Here are the latest facts about the ongoing recall of Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare infant formulas.
Abbott Nutrition has recalled powdered formulas manufactured at its Sturgis facility in Michigan, as part of an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Five babies were infected with bacterial bacteria by the products. Two of the five babies died from their infections after they were admitted to hospital. Between Sept. 16, 2021 and Jan. 4, 2022, the illnesses took place in Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas.
According to the FDA, the recalled formula products were sold in the United States as well as other countries. Look at the lot number, which is a multidigit number located on the bottom of each container, to identify them.
Avoid using products if you:
- The codes’ first two digits are 22 to 37.
- The container code contains either K8, SH, or Z2.
- The expiration date for this certificate is 4-1-2022 (APR 222) or later.
- Abbott Nutrition also recalls Similac PM60/40, with a lot code 27032K80/27032K800 (case)
There were five cases of bacterial infection reported, including four that involved Cronobacter Sakazakii and one that involved Salmonella Newport.
Cronobacter bacteria may cause serious, life-threatening infections (sepsis), or meningitis (an inflammation in the membranes that protect your brain and spine). According to the FDA, Cronobacter infections can be very rare but pose a high risk to newborns.
Salmonella can cause stomach illness and fever, called salmonellosis.
Cronobacter or Salmonella infections can cause poor nutrition, irritability and temperature changes.
These symptoms should be reported to your child’s doctor immediately.
Infant formula provides nutrition to many infants and newborns. The agency stated that the recall could affect availability of certain types.
It stated that it is working with Abbott Nutrition to ensure safe resumption in Sturgis. They also assessed production capacity at other Abbott facilities, and asked other infant formula manufacturers about their production capacities.
FDA advised parents and caregivers not to make or give homemade formula to their infants. The FDA stated that these recipes have not been reviewed by the agency and could be deficient in nutrients essential to an infant’s development.
For recommendations on changing your feeding habits, consult your child’s doctor if your regular formula isn’t available.
You can keep infant formula that you have received through WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants and Children) intact.
Instead, return it to the store and ask for a exchange or a refund. You can also call Abbott Nutrition at 800-986-8540. WIC recipients should be eligible to receive a different brand or similar formula. For further assistance, contact your local WIC clinic.