Don't Use 3 Recalled Baby Formulas, FDA Says
he FDA says parents should not use three powdered baby formulas — Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare — that were made at an Abbott factory in Sturgis, MI, and are linked to reports of bacterial infections in four infants, including one who died. Abbott is voluntarily recalling those formulas. More information about the recall can be found on the company's website. The formula should not be used if the first two digits of the product code are 22 through 37; the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2; and the expiration date is April 1, 2022, or later, the FDA said in a news release.
@nivaan The FDA is investigating four cases of infant illness related to the formulas, three for Cronobacter sakazakii and one for Salmonella Newport, in Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas. The FDA didn't say where the infant death occurred. Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe infections, including sepsis and meningitis, the FDA said. Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis in babies may include poor feeding, crankiness, temperature changes, jaundice, and abnormal movements, the agency said. Salmonella bacteria can cause digestive illnesses. Symptoms include diarrhea, a fever, and belly cramps. In a news release posted on the FDA website, Abbott said the company tested for the bacteria and found evidence of Cronobacter sakazakii "in non-product contact areas" at the Sturgis factory but found no evidence of Salmonella Newport. No distributed product has tested positive for either of those bacteria, Abbott said.