Abbott Laboratories, maker of Similac and other baby formulas, has voluntarily expanded its recall of potentially dangerous baby formula products after a child died. The company recalled some Similac PM 60/40 after the death of an infant who was exposed to the powdered baby formula. A news source said the recalled formula was packaged in both cans and cases at a Michigan facility. The company previously recalled other Similac, EleCare and Alimentum baby formula products. Each of these formulas was made in the Sturgis plant. This recall follows complaints that infants who consumed the formula developed potentially lethal bacterial infections.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating complaints regarding baby formula products. The probe includes reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections in children along with a single complaint of a Salmonella Newport infection in an infant. The Cronobacter infection may have contributed to death in two infants. This type of bacteria can cause serious invasive infections and premature infant death. The most recent U.S. outbreak occurred across four states back in 2011. The recalled Similac PM 60/40 products were distributed within the U.S. and sent to Israel. The FDA is working with Abbott to resume baby formula production in the Michigan facility safely. In addition to infants who died, there have also been reports of other babies becoming ill due to consuming these products.
Both salmonella and cronobacter are potentially fatal. Coronobacter may develop into sepsis or meningitis which can be life-threatening and symptoms include jaundice, poor feeding, irritability, difficulty breathing, and abnormal movements. Salmonella bacteria causes a gastrointestinal illness known as salmonellosis and those symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. In severe cases, patients may experience high fever, aches, lethargy, rashes, and blood in urine or stools.
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