After a voluntary recall by Abbott Nutrition, the FDA issued an alert to parents on February 17, warning them not to use Similac or Alimentum powdered infant formula. The FDA has specific information about the affected baby formulas in its warning. An agency inspection was conducted at the site where contamination occurred. It found positive Cronobacter results in several samples. Cronobacter infections can cause sepsis and meningitis in newborn infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional illness in February due to exposure to Similac PM60/40 from Abbott Nutrition. Between September 16, 2021, Texas, and January 4, 2022, illnesses linked to contaminated formula were reported for Ohio, Minnesota and Texas. Infants who ingested these formulas were afflicted by four cases of Cronobacter Sakazakii, and one Salmonella Newport infection. After the death of a second infant, Similac PM 60/40 was added to the FDA’s first recall. Two deaths were caused by the bacterial infection.
Infant Formula Recall Lawsuit were filed by parents whose children ingested the recalled formulas. They claim violations of state and federal consumer laws. Plaintiff Suarez claims that his daughter suffered gastrointestinal problems after drinking formula from one of the contaminated batches.
Preterm babies born after 37 weeks gestation are considered premature. They must be intensively cared for. Research has shown that babies who are fed cow’s milk in their first weeks of life are at greater risk for developing NEC.
Premature babies are most affected by this degenerative bacterial infection. This can cause a deterioration in the intestines, which may result in a perforation or narrowing of the intestinal wall. The disease can be treated quickly and without complications if it is caught early. If the disease is not treated promptly, it can lead to developmental problems, cerebral palsy, or organ failure and even death.