On Feb. 17, 2022, Abbott Nutrition announced a recall of infant powdered formula produced at its Sturgis facility in Michigan. The recall comes after four consumer complaints about infant illnesses related to Cronobacter sakazakii and salmonella bacteria. In all four cases, the infants were hospitalized. The FDA is currently investigating the situation and has started an on-site investigation at the production facility.
The recalled products include Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brand formulas. The FDA is advising consumers to check the packaging and not to use powdered infant formula 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.
Update on Monday, Mar. 7, 2022. In addition to these products listed above, Abbott Nutrition has recalled Similac PM 60/40 with a lot code 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case).
Washington WIC is in the process of alerting local WIC providers and WIC participants to the voluntary recall. If you have one of these cans of formula, you should not use it. If your infant has consumed the recalled formula, you should contact your health-care provider.
Abbott has also set up a page where you can check to see if the lot number of your powdered formula is included in the recall.