FDA warns against using Abbott’s powdered infant formula


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating consumer complaints of Salmonella Newport and Cronobacter sakazakii infections.

Apparently, these cases after consumption of powdered infant formula produced at the Abbott Nutrition unit in Sturgis, Michigan.

Following the ongoing investigation which is aligned with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid purchasing or using certain powdered infant formula produced in this facility.

It is imperative to note that this is an ongoing investigation and that Abbott is working with the FDA to initiate a voluntary recall of potentially affected products.

Additionally, the FDA advises consumers not to use Alimentum, Similac, or EleCare powdered infant formula.

Currently, the FDA is investigating registered complaints about four cases in which infants became ill in three states. All four cases had suffered hospitalizations, and Cronobacter may have the cause of death. As a result, the FDA began an on-site review at the facility.

Today, several positive Cronobacter sakazakii results come from environmental samples taken by the FDA and contrary inspection annotations by FDA investigators.

Based on a review of internal company records, environmental contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii was indicated and the company rejected the product due to the presence of Cronobacter.

Frank Yiannas, FDA assistant commissioner for food policy and response, said that because this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many newborns and infants, the FDA is concerned about the reports of bacterial infection.

The FDA wants to reassure the public that it is working closely with partners to investigate complaints related to these products, which they acknowledge include formulas produced at the facility. The agency said it was working to resolve the security issue quickly.

Credit at source – https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-warns-consumers-not-use-certain-powdered-infant-formula-produced-abbott-nutritions-facility


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