Baby Formula Recalled by Abbott & FDA Following Illness and Child Death
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Abbott Nutrition and the FDA are investigating consumer complaints of infant illness related to baby formula products from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan. The recent complaints include reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one report of Salmonella Newport infection in infants. All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to one patient’s death.
The FDA has initiated an inspection at the facility, and positive Cronobacter samples have been reportedly found. Abbott’s internal records indicate environmental product contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii.
The FDA has issued a recall on certain Similac, Alimentum and EleCare products and this advisory to alert consumers to avoid purchasing or using recalled baby formula. Abbott Nutrition initiated a voluntary recall of specific powdered infant formulas, the serial numbers of which can be located.
The FDA is advising consumers not to use recalled Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas. Cronobacter sakazakii can cause fever, poor feeding, excessive crying, low energy and other serious symptoms, according to the FDA. Salmonella Newport can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, and more severe side effects, including high fever.