FDA Recalls Baby Formula Following Death of 2 Infants, 5 Illnesses


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use particular powdered baby formulas manufactured at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan, facility following an inquiry into five child illnesses and two deaths.

Parents should throw away any tainted formula, according to the CDC. The FDA recommends customers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas if 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.

The CDC recently issued a recall for Similac PM 60/40 powdered infant formula due to a possible Cronobacter infection. If the can has a #27032K80 code on the bottom of the package, or if the case has a #27032K800 code on the bottom of the package, the formula should be ignored.

FDA probes infant illnesses linked to the recalled baby formulas

According to ABC7, the FDA is investigating four infant illnesses and hospitalizations in three states: Minnesota, Texas, and Ohio, caused by Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. Cronobacter may have played a role in one of the deaths, according to the study. According to the FDA, Cronobacter bacteria can cause life-threatening infections such as sepsis or meningitis.

The most important thing is to read all of the recall information on the labels, as well as the impacted lot numbers. To learn more about the recall and the affected lot numbers, click here.

Parents and caregivers are advised not to make or provide the homemade baby formula to their children, according to the FDA. WINK News reported that the FDA has not analyzed homemade baby formula, and they may lack the nutrients necessary for a newborn’s growth. 

Parents and caregivers should never dilute infant formula. Online purchases of formulas from outside the United States should also be avoided since they might be fraudulent.

If your child’s normal formula isn’t available, talk to his or her doctor about switching food sources. If you obtain baby formula from WIC, don’t throw it away. Instead, return it to the store for a refund or an exchange, or contact 1-800-986-8540 for assistance. A comparable formula from a different manufacturer should be available to WIC clients. Contact your local WIC office for more information.

Abbott Nutrition has voluntarily recalled Similac PM 60/40 powdered infant formula with lot code 27032K800 after reports of the fifth illness. According to the company, the product is a customized formula for newborns who “would benefit from reduced mineral consumption.”

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