The FDA is advising consumers not to use recalled Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas. Recalled products can be identified by the 7 to 9 digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package. Products are included in the recall if they have all three items below. Check the FDA link below for a photo example of expiration codes on the infant formula packaging.
- 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.
If you are concerned that your baby may already have consumed some of this formula that meets the above criteria, please contact our nurse advice line at 541-389-6313.
Cronobacter infections are rare but are especially high risk for newborn infants.
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an 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.
Any patient with any of the above symptoms needs urgent medical attention.
If you have these products, they should be thrown out immediately. More information about expiration dates, recall details, and company contact info can be found in this article on the FDA’s website.