After four newborns were sick with bacterial infections after drinking the products, Abbott Nutrition is voluntarily recalling three varieties of infant Formula. The recall affects certain lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare made at an Abbott facility in Sturgis, Michigan, and was announced on Thursday. Consumers should not use or purchase the Formula or some powdered infant Formula produced at the plant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
“The FDA is examining four baby illness complaints from three states,” the agency stated in a statement released on Thursday. “All four individuals were hospitalised as a result of these complaints, and Cronobacter may have played a role in one death.” According to the FDA, three of the babies were infected with Cronobacter sakazakii and one with Salmonella Newport.
According to the FDA, cronobacter bacteria can cause serious, life-threatening sepsis infections or meningitis, whereas salmonella bacteria can cause gastrointestinal disease and fever. The FDA said it began an onsite investigation at the facility, with several positive “Cronobacter sakazakii results” so far. The FDA is extremely concerned about these reports of bacterial illnesses because this product is sometimes the only source of sustenance for many of our country’s newborns and infants.
More information can be found at Similacrecall.com, where you can enter the code found on the package’s bottom. You can also dial 1-800-986-8540 and follow the on-screen instructions. The recall does not affect liquid Formula, powder Formula, or nutrition items from other facilities, according to Abbott. According to the manufacturer, the recalled products were exclusively made in Sturgis, Michigan.