The FDA is advising consumers not to use some powdered baby formulas after identifying bacterial infections linked to the products.
on Monday, February 21, 2022
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use some powdered baby formulas after identifying bacterial infections linked to the products. In their recent statement, the FDA advises consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered formulas if it meets three criteria:
- the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
- the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
- the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.
Additionally, Abbott is recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 - Lot # 27032K80 (can) / Lot # 27032K800 (case).
Abbott Nutrition, the manufacturer of these products, has issued a voluntary recall of certain formulas manufactured at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan, where the formulas in question were produced. Environmental samples from this facility have tested positive for the Cronobacter bacteria. Reports of illness from Salmonella have also been reported but have not been officially linked to this facility. According to the FDA, symptoms of a Cronobacter infection include poor feeding, jaundice and grunting breaths. Salmonella infection symptoms include high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, rashes and blood in urine or stool.
Children do not need be evaluated by their doctor unless acutely ill, as the type of infections linked to this formula recall have serious symptoms. We encourage you to contact your Iowa Clinic pediatrician with any concerns regarding high fevers, dehydration and GI illness. Caregivers are encouraged to check the lot numbers and if affected, discontinue use and switch to another similar type of formula. Alternative formulas can include a powdered option from a similarly well-known national brand or store brand. Liquid prepared formulas are also acceptable and uninvolved in the recall.