Baby Death May Be Linked to Abbott Formula Recall

Shortly after Abbott Laboratories recalled potentially tainted formula, another baby has died after consuming formula that was not part of the original recall. Due to the death, Abbott Laboratories has now expanded the recall, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into the matter. 

About the Illnesses and Recall

The FDA began an investigation into Abbott Laboratories, Inc. after it received complaints that four babies suffered Cronobacter infections and another suffered salmonella infection after consuming formula produced at the company’s Sturgis, Michigan facility. All of the babies required hospitalization and two died, according to the FDA. The company responded by issuing a voluntary baby formula recall of certain products. 

The FDA found that a Cronobacter sakazakii infection may have been a contributing cause of death for one baby who had consumed Similac PM 60/40 formula, which had not been part of the original recall. The company expanded the recall to include this formula after the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed the company of the latest death.

The FDA has begun on-site inspections of the products in question. It has found positive Cronobacter sakazakii results from environmental samples. It has also found internal company records that Abbott has previously disposed of products that involved the same type of contamination.

A lawsuit has been filed against Abbott in light of the allegations and investigation. It alleges that Abbott Laboratories allowed tainted baby formula to make it to the market and harm infants. 

What Formulas Are Associated with the FDA Investigation and Recall?

The complaints that led to the investigation involved infant illnesses in three states. The FDA said the recall involves the following infant formula products:

  • Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas
  • With 22 to 37 as the first two digits of its code
  • A code of “K8,” “SH,” or “Z2” on the container
  • And an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later

Potential Side Effects of Cronobacter Bacteria

The FDA reports the following potential side effects of Cronobacter bacteria:

  • Severe and life-threatening infections
  • Inflammation of spinal and cranial membranes 
  • Bowel damage

In the lawsuit against Abbott, the named plaintiff alleges that his daughter developed symptoms of gastrointestinal distress after consuming formula from one of the tainted batches. 

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