Photo credit: Similac baby formula displayed on the shelves at Shaker’s IGA in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Abbott Nutrition is voluntarily recalling three types of infant formula after four babies came down with a sickness caused by bacteria infections following their consumption of the products.
The recall was announced last Thursday, February 17th, and only applies to select lots of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas manufactured at an Abbott facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The Food and Drug Administration have since then issued a warning to consumers, advising against the use or purchase of the formulas or certain powdered infant formula produced at the facility.
“The FDA is investigating complaints of four infant illnesses from three states,” the agency said in a statement on Thursday. “All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case.”
Three of those babies were very sick with Cronobacter sakazakii, with one having Salmonella Newport, according to the FDA.
“We deeply regret the concern and inconvenience this situation will cause parents, caregivers and health care professionals,” Joe Manning, Abbott executive vice president, nutritional products, issued in a statement.
The FDA reports that an onsite inspection at the facility and findings to date have been set in motion. Hopefully they get to the root of this before any loss of innocent infant lives can happen.