Powdered Baby Formulas Recalled: What Parents Should Know


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising parents of a large powdered infant formula recall affecting Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare products. The FDA says parents should not use these products due to potential contamination and a risk of dangerous bacterial infection.

Four infants have been hospitalized and resulting infections from the recalled baby formulas may have contributed to two infant deaths.

How Do I Know If My Infant Formula is Recalled?

All the recalled products were produced by Abbott Nutrition at its Sturgis, Michigan facility. The products were distributed across the U.S.

The FDA urges parents to look at lot codes on any Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formulas they have. The lot code is a multidigit number on the bottom of the baby formula containers.

Parents should not use the formula if:

  • the first two digits of the lot code are 22 through 37; and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2; and
  • the formula has an expiration date of 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

To avoid confusion, parents can also enter the lot code of any formula they have at the company’s website to see if it has been recalled.

What Symptoms or Illnesses Are Being Reported?

So far, all cases linked to the Abbott baby formula recall involve Cronobacter sakazakii infection. Cronobacter bacteria can result in serious, life-threatening infections, sepsis, and meningitis. Newborns are at especially high risk for Cronobacter infections.

Symptoms may include:

  • Poor feeding
  • Irritability
  • Temperature changes
  • Jaundice
  • Grunting breaths
  • Abnormal movements

If you suspect your child is experiencing symptoms of Cronobacter infection, contact your child’s health care provider immediately.

Complete List of Recalled Abbott Infant Formula Brands

  • Similac Products
    • Abbott Similac 360 Total Care Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Advance
    • Abbott Similac Advance Step-1
    • Abbott Similac Advance Step-2
    • Abbott Similac Advance Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Human Milk Fortifier
    • Abbott Similac Organic
    • Abbott Similac Organic with A2 Milk Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Organic with A2 Milk Toddler Drink
    • Abbott Similac Organic Toddler with A2 Milk Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Pro-Advance
    • Abbott Similac Pro-Advance Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Pro-Sensitive Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Pro-Total Comfort Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Sensitive
    • Abbott Similac Sensitive Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Sensitive Lactose Sensitivity
    • Abbott Similac for Supplementation
    • Abbott Similac For Spit Up Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Total Comfort
    • Abbott Similac Total Comfort Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac EleCare HMO
    • Abbott Similac EleCare
    • Abbott EleCare Similac Gold
    • Abbott EleCare Similac
    • Abbott Similac PM 60/40 – only lot code 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case)
  • Alimentum Products
    • Abbott Infant Formula Powder
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum Allergies & Colic Hypoallergenic Infant Formula
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum with 2′-FL HMO
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum Eye Q Plus
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum HMO
    • Abbott Alimentum HMO
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum infant formula
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott Similac Alimentum Toddler Drink
  • EleCare Products
    • Abbott EleCare
    • Abbott EleCare Amino Acid-Based Powder Infant Formula with Iron
    • Abbott EleCare Infant Formula Unflavoured
    • Abbott EleCare Junior Vanilla
    • Abbott EleCare Jr Similac Vanilla
    • Abbott EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Unflavored
    • Abbott EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Banana
    • Abbott EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Chocolate
    • Abbott EleCare Similac
    • Abbott EleCare Similac Gold
    • Abbott Similac EleCare HMO
    • Abbott Similac EleCare
    • EleCare LCP Hypoallergenic

Has Your Child Suffered Injury or Illness Caused by Recalled Formula?

If your child has suffered an injury or illness caused by recalled baby or infant formula, contact Thomas J. Henry Law.

When a company fails to take reasonable precautions to ensure its products are safe, it puts countless people at risk. For more than 25 years, our law firm has fought to protect consumers and their children from dangerous and defective products. We have also represented countless families in courtrooms across the nation in lawsuits against companies that allowed dangerous products to reach the market.

Call now to speak with a baby formula recall attorney about your case. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to help you.

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