Abbott Nutrition, a popular baby food maker, announced Thursday that it has voluntarily recalled three types of baby formula after four babies fell ill with bacterial infections after consume these products.
The recall includes Choose from a wide selection of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas manufactured at an Abbott facility in Sturgis, Mich. It comes after the Food and Drug Administration received four consumer complaints about microbial contamination associated with the formula.
Three of the complaints involved Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria that can cause severe, life-threatening infections or inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine. Cronobacter infections can also damage the intestines and can spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. according to FDA.
The FDA posted a warning Thursday for parents warning them about these products after illnesses in Minnesota, Ohio and Texas sent four infants to the hospital. Bacteria may have contributed to death in one case, agency said.
“We appreciate the trust parents have in us about high quality and safe nutrition and we will do whatever it takes to keep that trust and address this situation. ,” said Vicky Assardo, senior director of global public affairs at Abbott Nutrition, in a statement Friday night.
The recall, occurred during severe child food shortages, affecting certain batches of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare with an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later. Products affected by the recall will also have a long string of numbers on the bottom of the container that begins with the first two digits from 22 to 37 and contains K8, SH or Z2.
The company said the recall does not apply to Abbott products made at other facilities.
In its announcement, Abbott did not specify how many units the recall affected, but Similac baby formula is very popular in the United States and abroad.
In the statement announcing the recall, Abbott said it conducts “routine testing for Cronobacter sakazakii and other pathogens”.
During inspections of the Sturgis facility, the company said, it “found evidence of Cronobacter sakazakii in the plant in non-product contact areas,” but no evidence of Salmonella Newport, the virus. bacteria cited in the fourth consumer complaint.
“None of the products dispensed tested positive for the presence of either bacteria,” Abbott said.
But the FDA say it’s already started plant site inspection in which environmental samples were positive for Cronobacter. The agency said inspectors had also discovered potential manufacturing problems, and a review of internal records showed the company had destroyed product because of bacterial contamination in the past.
Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said he is “deeply concerned” about the reports, because formula is “a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many babies.” infants and young children of our nation”.
The FDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with federal and local governments in Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas on its investigation.
The FDA recommends that parents and caregivers of infants who have used the recalled products contact their child’s healthcare provider if they are concerned about their baby’s health.
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