The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found four reports of cronobacter sakazaki infections in infants and one case of Salmonella. It is suspected that the cause is from the infant’s powdered baby formula. Two infants have died since then and the agency added that the cronobacter infection may have contributed to their deaths. Since then, Abbott has voluntarily recalled the formula. The FDA advises consumers to not use the Similac, Aliementum, or Elecare powdered formulas if:
- The first two digits of the code are between 22-37
- The code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2
- The expiration date is 4-1-22 or later
According to Abbott no liquid formulas or nutrition products have been impacted by the recall. Abbott claimed that “no distributed product has tested positive for the presence of either of these bacteria.” The FDA initiated an on-site inspection and revealed the environmental samples that tested positive for cronobacter and uncovered potential manufacturing issues.
Parents are devastated from the loss on their children and looking for answers. The FDA has an ongoing investigation to find out what really happened. If you or anybody else has an infant please let it be known to others about the recall. If you are worried about your child please get in contact with your doctor to address any concerns.