FDA issues baby formula recall after four babies reported ill
SALT LAKE CITY— The FDA issued a voluntary recall on three powdered baby formula brands following reports of illness in four babies. The recall focused on formula produced in Abbott Nutrition‘s manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan.
What baby formula to avoid and when
The FDA, CDC, and local agencies advise consumers to avoid using powdered baby formula brands Similac, Alimentum and EleCare if:
- The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37
- The code on the formula contains K8, SH or Z2
- The expiration date is April 1, 2022 or later
Response to recall
Testing of the Michigan facility has shown evidence of Cronobacter– a sepsis and meningitis causing bacteria. Evidence of Salmonella has not been found but testing is ongoing. The company said samples of sold formula have also tested negative for any bacteria. The FDA is investigating four infections in babies across three states. Though there have been no related infections diagnosed in Utah, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is monitoring the situation. The UDAF has located some affected products while working to prevent more from being sold.
Consumers are advised to see their health care provider if their infant has consumed affected formula and is showing symptoms. A list of symptoms associated with the bacteria is on the recall website. Consumers should also report any relevant illnesses to their local or state health department. They can report to the Utah Department of Health’s epidemiology hotline by calling 801-538-6191.
Consumers can find if they have recalled baby formula by calling 1-800-986-8540 or visiting the recall website and entering the code on the bottom of their product.
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