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Alimentum, EleCare, and Similac baby formula recalled after link to bacterial infections

The birth of a baby is one of the most stressful moments in an adult’s life. Today’s news is likely to add to the level of stress expectant and new parents are feeling. Alimentum, EleCare, and Similac baby formula have been recalled after being linked to illnesses in a handful of babies, including 1 death.

Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacteria that can cause severe infections. Cronobacter leading to sepsis and meningitis is not unheard of. Symptoms of newborns suffering from sepsis and meningitis include: poor feeding, crankiness, temperature changes, jaundice, and abnormal movements. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, formula products from these companies whose product codes first two digits are 22 - 37 AND an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later should not be used.

In the story on WebMD, it’s revealed that the FDA believes “Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case….” Parent company Abbot says that they carried out testing at the facility of their origin and found the presence of the bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii in “non-product contact areas”. No evidence of Salmonella Newport was found during testing.

Abbot released a statement that read in part, “We want to reassure the public that we’re working diligently with our partners to investigate complaints related to these products, which we recognize include infant formula produced at this facility, while we work to resolve this safety concern as quickly as possible.”

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