Baby formula recall grows after infant's death: What you need to know

Leada Gore
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A recall of powdered baby formula has been expanded following the death of an infant.

Abbott Nutrition announced it was voluntarily recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 Lot # 27032K80 (can) / Lot # 27032K800 (case) manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan. The company had previously recalled additional lots of Similac, Alimentum and Elecare powdered formulas.

The expanded recall comes after the death of an infant who consumed Similac PM 60/40 from this lot. The infant tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii but the case remains under investigation and the source of the bacteria has not been confirmed, Abbott said in a statement.

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of infant illnesses in three states – Minnesota, Ohio and Texas due to Cronobacter and Salmonella linked to the formulas. All of the cases required hospitalization and an infection may have contributed to the death of one other infant.

“As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation’s newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial infections,” said Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. “We want to reassure the public that 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.”

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Cronobacter can cause life-threatening infections or meningitis. Symptoms include poor feeding, irritability, temperatures changes, jaundice, grunting breaths and abnormal movements. Salmonella can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever, as well as diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Parents are advised to contact their child’s healthcare provider if they’ve noticed any of these symptoms.

The FDA advises people to look at the lot code – the multidigit number on the bottom of the container - on their formula products and to not use 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

You can check if your product is involved in the recall here.

Liquid formulas or products that don’t have those codes or expiration dates are not included in the recall.

You can see more information on symptoms and formula alternatives here.