Earlier this week, the FDA warned parents across the US not to use three popular powdered infant formulas manufactured at an Abbott plant in Michigan that investigators recently linked to bacterial contamination.
The FDA is currently investigating four reports of infants who were hospitalized after consuming the formula, including one who died. The agency said one of the cases involved salmonella and three involved Cronobacter sakazakiim, a rare but dangerous germ that can cause blood infections and other serious complications. Inspectors have also uncovered potential manufacturing problems, and past records showing the destruction of formula due to bacterial contamination.
Abbott, one of the country’s largest infant formula makers, said it is recalling all potentially affected products manufactured at the facility. The recall affects certain lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare with expiration dates of April 1, 2022, or later. The product was distributed throughout the U.S. and overseas, the company said in a statement.
parents can identify the recalled products by examining the number on the bottom of each container. The affected formulas have a number starting with 22 through 37, contain K8, SH, or Z2, and have an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later.
The company has also setup a website where parents can check if their products have been recalled: https://www.similacrecall.com/us/en/home.html.