Formula recall from Michigan facility extended following infant's death

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A close-up shot of baby milk formula with a plastic measuring spoon and bottle.

A close-up shot of baby milk formula with a plastic measuring spoon and bottle.

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Update 3/9/2022: Powdered baby formula manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan that was recalled last month has been extended to other products. 

Abbott is voluntarily recalling Similac PM 60/40 in addition to Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powder formulas that were recalled Feb. 17 after an infant died following a positive test of Cronobacter sakazakii — a bacterial infection. A company announcement via the FDA said the infant consumed Similac PM 60/40 from the lot at the center of the recall. 

The Lot numbers for the Similac PM 60/40 are: No. 27032K80 (can) and No. 27032K800 (case). 

Additionally, Abbott says the infection has not yet been determined as the cause of the infant's death. 

Abbott can be contacted at 1-800-986-8540.

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The FDA is investigating consumer complaints regarding Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections possibly linked to powdered infant formula produced at the Abbott Nutrition facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The CDC is also involved.

The FDA advised consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas if:

  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

This is considered an ongoing investigation and a voluntary recall is in the works.

The FDA is investigating complaints of four infant illnesses from three states. All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case. Onsite inspection at the facility is underway. Findings include several positive Cronobacter sakazakii results from environmental samples taken by the FDA.

A review of the firm’s internal records also indicate environmental contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii and the firm’s destruction of product due to the presence of Cronobacter, information from the FDA states.

"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,” Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for Food Policy and Response, said.

Products made at the Sturgis, Michigan facility can be found across the U.S. and were likely exported to other countries.