Abbott Nutrition is recalling certain lots of infant formula that may cause bacterial infections in infants.
Parents beware. Earlier this week, Abbott Nutrition announced a recall of three types of formula after four infants fell ill with bacterial infections. At this time, the recall affects certain lots of “Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powder formulas from Abbot’s plant in Sturgis, Michigan.” according to the reminder.
The FDA is currently investigating the matter and inspecting the facility, but Noted that all four cases “required hospitalization and that the bacteria – Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella – may have contributed to the death of one of the infants”.
Commenting on the issue, Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, noted:
“As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many newborns and infants in our country, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial infections…We want to reassure the public about the that we are working diligently with our partners to investigate complaints related to these products, which we acknowledge include infant formula produced at this facility, as we work to resolve this safety issue as quickly as possible . »
A list of recalled products is available here. Parents are advised to watch for symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal cramps and to contact their healthcare provider if they think their child may be showing symptoms of a bacterial infection.