Dangerous bacteria found in powdered baby formulas has led to the hospitalization of four infants and the death of one.
In response, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put out a warning advising parents and caretakers not to feed infants powdered baby formulas produced by Abbott.
The February 17th FDA warning states that Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport found in powdered baby formula produced at Abbott’s Sturgis, Michigan facility caused infants to become sick.
Following the warning, Abbott issued a voluntary recall on three powdered baby formulas: Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. The voluntary recall includes only these formulas produced at its Sturgis, Michigan plant.
The FDA has posted a webpage with detailed information to help identify whether a formula you purchased is included in the recall.
These recalls and related hospitalizations follow reports and legal scrutiny over Abbott and other baby formula producers’, such as Mead Johnson, products.
Similac, Enfamil, and other cow milk-based baby formulas have been linked to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a gastrointestinal disease that primarily affects premature babies. The symptoms and effects of NEC can range from mild to fatal.
The marketing of these products and absence of warnings have triggered lawsuits to be filed in a number of states.