Baby formulas are an important essential, especially for infants and non-breastfeeding moms but a big manufacturer of milk has recalled powder formulas, including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare.
Abbott Laboratories based in Michigan has received four consumers complaints about bacterial infections in infants who consumed their products.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the four reports of infants who were hospitalized after consuming the formula including one infant who died.
The complaints were related to Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria or Salmonella Newport and Abbott will also recall its Alimentum and EleCare baby formulas manufactured at the plant in Sturgis.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that it was investigating consumer complaints of the infections.
The health agency said in a statement, “All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case.”
Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria can cause serious invasive infections and premature infant death. The most recent U.S. outbreak spanned four states in 2011.
The FDA warned parents not to use certain Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formula products linked to bacterial contamination amid reports of hospitalizations and one death. https://t.co/h3O4e7HI4f
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Similac are among the best-selling formulas in the U.S. and overseas
FDA staff are inspecting Abbott’s plant in Sturgis, Michigan, “where environmental samples tested positive for the Cronobacter bacteria. Inspectors have also uncovered potential manufacturing problems, and records showing the destruction of formula due to bacterial contamination,” WCJL reported.
“We’re working diligently with our partners to investigate complaints related to these products, which we recognize include infant formula produced at this facility, while we work to resolve this safety concern as quickly as possible,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas.
“We value the trust parents place in us for high quality and safe nutrition and we’ll do whatever it takes to keep that trust and resolve this situation,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement.
Several baby formula products have been recalled after four infants got sick https://t.co/d5t5FQ4NMs
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Abbott’s testing of the finished product detected no pathogens, we are taking action by recalling the powder formula manufactured in this facility with an expiration of April 1, 2022, or later. No Abbott liquid formulas, powder formulas, or nutrition products from other facilities are impacted by the recall.
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