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NDDoH issues advisory to check powdered infant formula after the manufacturer announces voluntary product recall
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) issued an advisory for parents and caregivers to check their powdered infant formulas after manufacturer Abbott Nutrition issued a voluntary product recall on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.
Information Regarding Recalled Product
The recall comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners conduct investigations of four consumer complaints of infant illness related to products originating at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI, location.
The investigation and recall are limited to powdered infant formula products that include the brand names Similac®, Alimentum®, and EleCare® and have:
Abbott Nutrition has set up a website to help guide parents and caregivers through the steps of the recall at http://similacrecall.com, this includes a lot number-checker to confirm if the product is affected.
These products were widely distributed in the United States, including in the state of North Dakota. People who have the recalled product should stop using the product immediately.
Information for NDDoH WIC participants
Formula subject to the recall includes product that is supported by the NDDoH WIC program. The WIC program provides nutrition and education support to families, including supplemental financial support to purchase infant formula. WIC participants should save their affected product and contact their local WIC office regarding replacement formula.
Investigation and Symptoms of Illness
The FDA investigation includes three reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one report of Salmonella Newport infection in infants. All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case.
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine). Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include 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.
Salmonella is a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever called salmonellosis. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases, may become fatal.
“Parents who have been using recalled products and notice any unusual behavior or illness in their infants are encouraged to contact their infant’s health care provider or seek medical care for their infant,” said Laura Cronquist, foodborne epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health. “Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent serious disease outcomes.”
The FDA will continue to update their investigation at: https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/fda-investigation-cronobacter-and-salmonella-complaints-powdered-infant-formula-february-2022
What Parents and Caregivers Should Do
For more information, contact:
North Dakota Department of Health Communications email@example.com