(NEXSTAR) – There were more baby mixes remembered Federal officials announced Monday after another infant death was reported. A total of five cases of infant disease after exposure to certain brands of formulas were included in the investigation.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that an investigation is underway following consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. In all reported cases, infants are said to have consumed the powder mixture from the Abbott Nutrition facility in Sturgis, Michigan.
As a result of the investigation, batches of products of three different brands were withdrawn – Similac, Alimentum and EleCare. On Monday, the FDA added another batch of the Similac formula to the recall list.
The FDA reports that another baby died and Cronobacter infection could be the cause. It is reported that this infant used Similac PM 60/40. After the FDA and CDC informed Abbott Nutrition, the company voluntarily withdrew the affected product: Similac PM 60/40 with batch codes 27032K80 (bank) and 27032K800 (housing).
Only those products with the appropriate codes are included in this appendix to the recall.
According to Abbott Nutrition“No common product has tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii.“Recently tested samples from the aforementioned parties were also negative on Cronobacter.
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections such as sepsis or meningitis, reports Disease Control Center. Cronobacter infections are often serious in infants and can lead to death. Salmonella, a group of bacteria, can cause gastrointestinal disease and fever.
As part of this investigation, four reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one complaint of Newport salmonella. All five resulted in hospitalization, and Cronobacter may have caused two common deaths, The FDA says.
According to the FDA, the powdered formulas Similac, Alimentum and EleCare included in the recall have all three items below:
- The first two digits of the code are 22 to 37
- The code has K8, SH or Z2
- Shelf life – 4-1-2022 or later
If you are not sure whether your formula is included in this recall, you can search for your batch number Abbott Nutrition website.
If you have used these foods and are concerned about your child’s health, the FDA recommends talking to your doctor. If your child has symptoms of chronobacter or salmonella, tell your doctor and seek medical attention immediately.