Baby Formula Maker Under Investigation After Mass Recall

 

Baby formula maker under investigation by FDA and CDC to release certain products on a case-by-case basis



A baby formula maker under investigation by federal agencies for reports of consumer complaints and infant illness will consider distributing some of its products on a case-by-case basis, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently looking into Abbott Nutrition's powdered infant formula products. Abbott has recalled and held back Similac, Alimentum and EleCare products produced at its facility in Sturgis, Michigan, while enhanced safety testing is conducted. The formula recalls have exacerbated product shortages due to supply chain issues.


The FDA is concerned that the risk of not having certain specialty and metabolic products available could significantly worsen underlying medical conditions and in some cases pose life-threatening risks for infants and individuals who rely on these products. In these circumstances, the benefit of allowing parents, in consultation with their healthcare providers, to access these products may outweigh the potential risk of bacterial infection.

The FDA stressed that products produced at the facility from late January through early March, prior to an FDA inspection, may carry a risk of contamination, and said parents seeking the formula should talk to their child's doctor about whether the benefit of consuming the formula outweighs the risk of a bacterial infection in their child's circumstances.

The specialty and metabolic formulas that may be released on a case-by-case basis are the following: Glutarex-1, Glutarex-2, Cyclinex-1, Cyclinex-2, Hominex-1, Hominex-2, I-Valex-1, I-Valex-2, Ketonex-1, Ketonex-2, Phenex-1, Phenex-2, Phenex-2 Vanilla, Pro-Phree, Propimex-1, Propimex-2, ProViMin, Calcilo XD, Tyrex-1, Tyrex-2 and Similac PM 60/40.

The formulas recalled earlier this year have been linked to serious Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella infections in five infants. Two of the babies with Cronobacter infections died.

No formula distributed to consumers tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella, the Abbott statement said, and testing of retained products by Abbott and FDA for Cronobacter sakazakii and/or Salmonella all came back negative. The company also said no Salmonella was found at the facility during the investigation, and the Cronobacter sakazakii that was found was in non-product areas and has not been linked to any known infant illness.

Bonifield, John. “Baby Formula Maker under Investigation by FDA and CDC to Release Certain Products on a Case-by-Case Basis.” CNN, Cable News Network, 29 Apr. 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/29/health/abbott-nutrition-fda-case-by-case/index.html. 

 

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