The Broome County Health Department is sharing information about an infant formula recall as the Food and Drug administration and Centers for Disease Control investigate four cases of babies becoming ill.

Traci Taylor/Townsquare Media file photo
Traci Taylor/Townsquare Media file photo

According to the information distributed by the FDA, all the infant illness complaints concerned Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI facility and were received from 9/20/2021 to 1/11/2022.

"The FDA is advising consumers not to use recalled Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas. Recalled products can be identified by the 7 to 9 digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package. Products are included in the recall if they have all three items below:

  • 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.

Additional recall information is available on the FDA website.  Parents can also enter their product lot code on the company’s website to check if it is part of the recall."

Additional information from the FDA:

"The recall does not include liquid formula products or any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas. Consumers should continue to use all product not included in the recall.

Parents and caregivers should never dilute infant formula and should not make or feed homemade infant formula to infants. Consumers should also avoid purchasing imported formula through online sales, as it has the potential to be counterfeit.

If your regular formula is not available, contact your child’s healthcare provider for recommendations on changing feeding practices."

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The FDA says there were three reports of Cronobacter infections and one report of Salmonella infection. All four children required hospitalization and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death.

Parents and caregivers should look for the following symptoms:

Poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths, and abnormal movements. Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should notify your child’s healthcare provider and seek medical care for your child immediately.

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