Baby Formula Recall for Salmonella, Cronobacter Contamination: Who’s Affected?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an urgent baby formula recall on Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare, warning consumers that units shipped across the country may be contaminated with deadly bacteria.
Caregivers should not give their infants any of the recalled formulas.
An Abbot Nutrition’s manufacturing facility located in Sturgis, Michigan was identified as the source of Cronobacter and Salmonella contamination. The contaminated baby formula was linked to illnesses in four infants from three states and may have even led to the death of one child says an FDA news release issued Feb 17, 2022.
Recalled baby formula can be identified by the following information on the bottom of the can:
- the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37
- the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2,
- the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later
Consumers who fed recalled units of Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare to their infants should seek medical care immediately if they show signs of illness.
Consumers who purchased recalled baby formula may qualify to take part in legal action against the manufacturer and seek compensation if their infants were diagnosed or treated for illnesses related to the Cronobacter or Salmonella contamination.
Do You Qualify?
If your child became sick after consuming the recalled baby formula, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit investigation and obtain compensation:
Please note that there must have been a diagnosis or treatment related to the Cronobacter and/or Salmonella contamination of the recalled formulas in order to qualify for this class action lawsuit investigation at this time.
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Similac, Alimnetum and EleCare Formula Recall
On Feb 17, 2022, the FDA announced that it was investigating complaints of contaminated baby formula after four infants in three states became ill.
The complaints included one report of Salmonella Newport infection and three reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections. The illnesses were linked to powdered infant formula produced from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis facility, according to the FDA.
“All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case,” stated the agency’s warning to consumers.
The FDA is investigating Abbot Nutrition’s Michigan facility and warned parents and caregivers not to feed infants any of the recalled formulas.
Salmonella, Cronobacter Present Serious Risks to Infants
Both Salmonella and Cronobacter can cause serious illness in infants.
Salmonella encompasses a group of bacteria that can cause fever, called salmonellosis, and gastrointestinal issues.
“Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps,” says the FDA news release. “More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases, may become fatal.”
Cronobacter infections, while rare, are extremely dangerous for newborn infants. Infections can lead to life-threatening sepsis or meningitis.
“Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and abnormal movements,” reports the FDA. “Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.”
Parents or caregivers who may have fed their infants Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare that is part of the baby formula recall should seek medical help if their child begins developing any symptoms of Salmonella or Cronobacter infections, instructed the FDA.
Join a Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Formula Recall Class Action Lawsuit Investigation
If you purchased recalled Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare, you may qualify to participate in the baby formula recall lawsuit investigation.
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