Community Update 02.23.2022: Abbott Nutrition Recalls Certain Baby Formulas

2.23.2022

WhidbeyHealth has received notice from Abbott Nutrition regarding an Urgent Voluntary Product Recall on certain powdered formulas.

The message from Abbott Nutrition is as follows:

Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary product recall of certain powder formulas (Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare) manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan, one of the company’s manufacturing facilities.

Abbott is voluntarily recalling these products after four consumer complaints related to Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport in infants who had consumed powder formula manufactured in our Sturgis, Michigan facility. Additionally, as part of Abbott’s quality process, we conduct routine testing for Cronobacter sakazakii and other pathogens in our manufacturing facilities. During testing in our Sturgis, Michigan facility, we found evidence of Cronobacter sakazakii in the plant in non-product contact areas. We found no evidence of Salmonella Newport.

Importantly, no distributed product has tested positive for the presence of either of these bacteria. Abbott conducts extensive quality checks on each completed batch of powder formula, including microbiological analysis prior to release. All infant formula powder finished products are tested for Cronobacter sakazakii, Salmonella Newport and other pathogens and they must test negative before any product is released.

While Abbott’s testing of finished product detected no pathogens, we are taking action by recalling the powder formula manufactured in this facility with an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later. No Abbott liquid formulas are impacted by this recall, including 2oz ready-to-feed. Additionally, no powder formulas or nutrition products produced in any other facility are impacted by the recall.

  • To find out if a product is included in this recall, visit similacrecall.com and type in the code on the bottom of the package, or call +1-800-986-8540 (U.S.) and follow the instructions provided. No action is needed for previously consumed product.
  • If caregivers have questions about feeding their child, they have been instructed to contact their healthcare professional.
  • The products under recall have a multidigit number on the bottom of the container starting with the first two digits 22 through 37, contains K8, SH or Z2 nd with an expiration date of April 1, 2022, or after.

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