FDA has initiated a recall of powder formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, Mich.
There were four consumer complaints related to Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport in infants who had consumed powder infant formula manufactured in this facility.
Abbott's quality processes conducted routine testing for Cronobacter sakazakii and other pathogens. During testing, evidence of Cronobacter sakazakii in the plant in non-product contact areas was found. No evidence of Salmonella Newport was found.
No distributed product tested positive for the presence of either of these bacteria, and Abbott continues to test. Abbott conducts extensive quality checks on each completed batch of infant formula, including microbiological analysis prior to release. All finished products are tested for Cronobacter sakazakii, Salmonella Newport and other pathogens and they must test negative before any product is released. Additionally, retained samples related to the three complaints for Cronobacter sakazakii tested negative for Cronobacter sakazakii. And the retained sample related to the complaint for Salmonella Newport tested negative for Salmonella Newport.
FDA is currently investigating the complaints and will issue a statement on these formulas. As of right now, we at Caring Pediatrics advice our patients to adhere to the guidance given by Abbott and FDA.
No Abbott liquid formulas, powder formulas, or nutrition products from other facilities are impacted by the recall.
Cronobacter sakazakii is commonly found in the environment and a variety of areas in the home. It can cause fever, poor feeding, excessive crying or low energy as well as other serious symptoms. It's important to follow the instructions for proper preparation, handling and storage of powder formulas.
More details can be found at- similacrecall.com