FDA: Do not use recalled infant formulas tied to infections

Us Food And Drug Administration

FDA sign, Photo Date: 08/07/2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials warned parents not to use infant formulas manufactured at an Abbott plant that they’ve linked to bacterial contamination.

Consumers are advised to avoid Similac, Alimentum and Elecare formulas if it meets all of the following criteria:

  1. The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37.
  2. The code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2.
  3. The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (April 2022) or later.

The Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating four reports of infants who were hospitalized after consuming the formulas, including one who died.

The cases included one salmonella infection and three involving a rare but dangerous bacteria called Cronobacter sakazakii.

FDA inspectors are investigating the Sturgis, Michigan plant where the products were manufactured. Inspectors found positive test results for bacteria and other potential quality control problems.

Abbott says the recall doesn’t affect liquid formulas or any other products.

Parents can also type in the code on the bottom of the formula’s package at similacrecall.com to see if their product is impacted or call +1-800-986-8540.

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