According to an update published on its website, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and other health officials are investigating illnesses caused by Cronobacter sakazakii infections, including the death of an infant who reportedly consumed Abbot Nutrition’s Similac PM 60/40.
According to CNN, Abbott Nutrition is now recalling a lot of Similac PM 60/40 powdered infant formula. Similac PM is a specialty formula, intended for infants requiring reduced mineral intake. This recall follows Abbott recalls of other powdered infant formulas made in their Sturgis, Michigan facility, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare.
Abbott announced the expanded recall after the infant’s death was announced. Four Cronobacter sakazakii infections and a Salmonella infection have now been reported in babies who consumed formula from Abbott’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. All have resulted in hospitalization and two may have contributed to deaths.
According to CDC, Cronobacter illnesses are rare but deadly. Cronobacter sakazakii generally live in very dry places. In infants, Cronobacter can cause sepsis or meningitis.
Recalled Abbott products can be identified by the following:
- 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.
The numbers and expiration date are located on the bottom of each individual container. Abbott’s liquid products are not affected.
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