For Immediate Release:

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration introduced it’s investigating shopper complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. All of the instances are reported to have consumed powdered toddler components produced from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility. As a results of the continuing investigation, together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and native companions, the FDA is alerting shoppers to keep away from buying or utilizing sure powdered toddler components merchandise produced at this facility. This is an ongoing investigation, and the agency is working with the FDA to provoke a voluntary recall of the doubtless affected product. 

The FDA is advising shoppers to not use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered toddler formulation if:

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

The FDA is investigating complaints of 4 toddler sicknesses from three states. All 4 instances associated to those complaints have been hospitalized and Cronobacter might have contributed to a demise in a single case. The FDA has initiated an onsite inspection on the facility. Findings so far embrace a number of optimistic Cronobacter sakazakii outcomes from environmental samples taken by the FDA and opposed inspectional observations by the FDA investigators. A assessment of the agency’s inner information additionally point out environmental contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii and the agency’s destruction of product as a result of presence of Cronobacter

“As it is a product used as the only real supply of diet for a lot of of our nation’s newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply involved about these experiences of bacterial infections,” mentioned Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. “We need to reassure the general public that we’re working diligently with our companions to research complaints associated to those merchandise, which we acknowledge embrace toddler components produced at this facility, whereas we work to resolve this security concern as rapidly as attainable.”

Additional Information:

  • Products made on the Sturgis, Michigan facility may be discovered throughout the U.S. and have been doubtless exported to different international locations.
  • Products that don’t include the data listed above aren’t impacted. The FDA advisory doesn’t embrace liquid components merchandise or any metabolic deficiency diet formulation. Consumers ought to proceed to make use of all merchandise not lined by the advisory. 
  • To date, this investigation has been related to 4 sicknesses (three for Cronobacter and one for Salmonella) spanning the next states: MN, OH and TX. All 4 instances associated to those complaints have been hospitalized and Cronobacter might have contributed to a demise in a single case.
  • Cronobacter micro organism may cause extreme, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an irritation of the membranes that shield the mind and backbone). Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis might embrace poor feeding, irritability, temperature modifications, jaundice (yellow pores and skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and irregular actions. Cronobacter an infection may additionally trigger bowel harm and will unfold via the blood to different elements of the physique.
  • Parents and caregivers of infants who’ve used these merchandise, and are involved concerning the well being of their youngster, ought to contact their youngster’s well being care supplier. If your youngster is experiencing any of those signs, it’s best to notify your youngster’s healthcare supplier and search medical care in your youngster instantly.
  • Salmonella are a gaggle of micro organism that may trigger gastrointestinal sickness and fever known as salmonellosis. Most folks with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. More extreme instances of salmonellosis might embrace a excessive fever, aches, complications, lethargy, a rash, blood within the urine or stool, and in some instances, might grow to be deadly. 
  • Parents and caregivers ought to by no means dilute toddler components and mustn’t make or feed do-it-yourself toddler components to infants.  
  • If your common components shouldn’t be obtainable, contact your youngster’s healthcare supplier for suggestions on altering feeding practices. 

The FDA is constant to research and can present further shopper security data when it turns into obtainable.

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The FDA, an company throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the general public well being by assuring the security, effectiveness, and safety of human and veterinary medicine, vaccines and different organic merchandise for human use, and medical gadgets. The company is also answerable for the security and safety of our nation’s meals provide, cosmetics, dietary dietary supplements, merchandise that give off digital radiation, and for regulating tobacco merchandise.