We are also accepting related cases of premature babies who developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after being fed Enfamil® or Similac formula or fortifier.
Abbott Nutrition has recalled certain lots of Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formula because of possible Cronobacter contamination. To date, five infants have been diagnosed with Cronobacter, a bacterial infection, and two infants have died. There has also been one reported case of Salmonella in an infant fed the recalled formula. These instances occurred in Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas between September 16, 2021, and January 4, 2022. And new instances of illness are already being reported.
The recalled infant formulas were all produced at Abbott’s plant in Sturgis, Michigan. To see if a particular container has been recalled, click here to access the Abbott website to input the lot number from the container.
Per the CDC, parents and caregivers of infants and babies should not feed their baby recalled Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas.
If you or a loved one have a baby who was fed recalled Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formula and required medical treatment as a result, and you are considering a baby formula lawsuit, call us at 800-796-1636 or submit your case details online. Someone will contact you shortly. You pay nothing unless your lawsuit is successful and you receive compensation.
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Cronobacter is a bacterium that can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis, which is inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine. Cronobacter infections are rare, but they are particularly high risk for newborns.
Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal (stomach) illness and a fever called salmonellosis.
Symptoms of Cronobacter and Salmonella infection may include:
If your baby has eaten any of the recalled formulas and they have any of these symptoms, contact your health provider immediately or go to the emergency room.
FDA inspectors reportedly found that Abbott didn’t maintain clean surfaces in the areas used for producing and handling powdered formula at its Sturgis, Michigan plant. These conditions were noted in September 2021, five months before Abbott conducted the recall of Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formula. Also, on the same September day the FDA began its inspection, Minnesota health officials reportedly told the agency about an infant who had become ill with a Cronobacter bacterial infection after eating the formula.
It has also been reported that, in their report, FDA inspectors noted a history of Cronobacter contamination at the plant, including eight separate occurrences between fall 2019 and February 2022.
FDA Form 483 is an official document titled “Inspectional Observations.” The agency issues them to company management after an FDA inspection at which the inspectors noticed “objectionable” conditions. The Forms 483 from FDA inspections at the Abbott plant in Sturgis, Michigan in 2019, 2021, and 2022 all reported problems.
The FDA reports, released following Freedom of Information Act requests, indicate that the FDA had long been concerned about potential safety issues at the Abbott plant. The findings in the inspection reports include:
The FDA has posted these links for Parents
And remember, to check if a container has been recalled, click here to access the Abbott website to input the lot number from the container.
If your baby was fed recalled Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formula and required medical treatment, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact us for a free consultation.
Abbot. (2022, February 17 and 28). Recall Notice: U.S. / Puerto Rico. Retrieved from https://www.similacrecall.com/us/en/home.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA64GRBhCZARIsAHOLriKqzAjcueK2HXEzzt4L5_R2PcHSRagzsFqFiZhP8d0dlFRq6NzPtFQaAnhFEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
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