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Popular baby formula brands recalled after infants become sick

Kristen Walters

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The Food and Drug Administration just put out a recall alert today notifying the public that Abbott Nutrition is voluntarily recalling several of its popular baby formula brands.

The recall currently affects power formulas sold under the brands Alimentum, Similac, and EleCare that were manufactured at the company's plant in Sturgis, Michigan.

The affected products have an expiration date of April 1, 2022. According to the company, the products under recall "have a multidigit number on the bottom of the container that starts with the first two digits 22 through 37 and contain K8, SH, or Z2."

The company decided to voluntarily recall the baby formula products today after receiving four separate complaints from consumers infants became sick after ingesting the powdered baby formula products listed above. The infections were initially suspected to be linked to Salmonella Newport bacteria.

According to the CDC, babies who come into contact with Salmonella bacteria in food products can develop a fever, stomachache, and diarrhea 12 to 72 hours after being infected. If your child is exhibiting these symptoms after consuming one of the recalled products mentioned above, you should seek medical attention.

Earlier this week, the Abbott Company ran tests at their production plant in Sturgis, Michigan. While they did not find evidence of Salmonella bacteria, they did find traces of "cronobacter sakazakii" bacteria in the facility in areas where production was not taking place.

The company has been testing products manufactured at the Sturgis facility. So far, none have tested positive for either type of bacteria. However, as a precautionary measure, the Food and Drug Administration recommends that consumers not use these products until they complete their investigation.

The full details of the baby formula recall are available here on the FDA's website.

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