Potentially lethal bacteria feared to be present in Abbott’s powdered milk products aimed at infants

Abbott Laboratories has expanded its nationwide emergency recall of three infant powdered milk products after a second infant has died after using the formula. Originally recalled on February 18, 2022, the formula variations were all produced at Abbott’s manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan, where at least one form of lethal bacteria has been found. The Cronobacter sakazakii is known to cause severe blood infections as well as meningitis.

If you suspect you have any batches of the affected formulas, stop using IMMEDIATELY. Parents can identify the recalled products by examining the number on the bottom of each container; the affected formulas have a number starting with 22 through 37, contain K8, SH or Z2, and have the aforementioned expiration dates of April 1, 2022 or later. Parents can type in the code on the bottom of the package at similacrecall.com or call 800 986-8540.

It was previously reported that plant inspectors had uncovered potential manufacturing problems as well as past records showing the destruction of produced formula due to bacterial contamination. Lieff Cabraser is actively investigating these and other reports of infant injuries and deaths allegedly related to contaminated Similac and other Abbott Labs infant formulas. Learn more on our formal Similac Alimentum, EleCare recall and serious infant injury investigation page.

Since September 16, 2021, reports indicate four infants in Minnesota, Ohio and Texas contracted a Cronobacter infection after consuming baby formula including Similac Sensitive, Similac Pro-total Comfort, Similac Advance and Similac PM 60/40.  One Salmonella Newport infection has also been reported in connection with the outbreak. All five children were hospitalized as a result, and the two infants in Ohio have died.

Read the full news report online on the Daily Mail website.

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