WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are warning parents not to use three popular infant formulas made at an Abbott plant in Michigan that investigators recently investigated. associated with bacterial contamination.
The Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating four reports of infants being hospitalized after consuming formula, including one death. The agency said one of the cases involved salmonella and three involved Cronobacter sakazakiim, a rare but dangerous bacteria that can cause blood infections and other serious complications.
Abbott, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of infant formula, said it was recalling all potentially affected products made at the facility. The recall affects certain batches of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare with an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later. The company says the product has been distributed throughout the United States and abroad.
FDA personnel are currently inspecting Abbott’s plant in Sturgis, Michigan, where environmental samples have tested positive for Cronobacter bacteria. Inspectors have also discovered potential manufacturing problems, and previous records show formula destroyed by bacterial contamination.
“We are working diligently with our partners to investigate complaints regarding these products, which we are aware of including infant formula produced at this facility, while We are working to address this safety concern as quickly as possible,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas.
The FDA says it is working with federal and local authorities in Minnesota, Ohio and Texas—states where infant infections have been reported.
Abbott could not say how many units the recall includes, but brands like Similac are among the best-selling infant formulas in the US and abroad.
“We appreciate the trust parents have in us in high quality and safe nutrition and we will do whatever it takes to keep that trust and address this situation, ” a company spokesman said in a statement.
Abbott said parents can identify recalled products by checking the number on the bottom of each box. Affected formulas have numbers starting with 22 through 37, contain K8, SH, or Z2, and have an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later. The company has also set up a website so parents can check if their product has been recalled.
The company said its own finished product inspection did not detect any contamination. The recall does not affect liquid formula or any other Abbott product.
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