FDA issues warning against use of certain powdered infant formula – NBC Connecticut


The United States Food and Drug Administration warns consumers against using certain powdered baby formulas that have been linked to serious infections in infants.

According to a notice, the FDA is investigating four consumer complaints of “childhood illness related to products at the Abbott Nutrition facility in Sturgis, MI, received from 09/20/2021 to 01/11/2022.”

Abbott Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of some of its products. The FDA investigation includes four childhood illnesses in three states. No formula-related illnesses have been identified in Connecticut.

According to a press release, the FDA advises consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formula if:

  • the first two digits of the code range from 22 to 37; and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
  • the expiry date is 4-1-2022 (April 2022) or a later date.

You can also check if your plan is impacted by clicking here.

According to Dr. Sink, the formula supply at Connecticut Children’s is affected. They are looking for alternatives.

“We are actively working on either ready-to-serve liquid products, those not affected, or other products that were not part of the recall,” Dr. Sink said.

If your formula is affected, Dr. Sink said it’s also best to look for another option.

“That may mean buying another box or it may mean talking to your pediatrician about what alternatives there may be for your particular baby,” Dr. Sink said.

According to the FDA, parents and caregivers should never dilute infant formula and should not make or give infants homemade infant formula.

The Diaper Bank of Connecticut has several hundred boxes of powdered formula that will now be thrown away. The cans were intended for families in need, but the association learned on Friday that they were impacted by the recall.

“Disappointment and concern for the families we serve,” said Janet Stolfi Alfano, Executive Director of Diaper Bank.

His team are still waiting to find out if they will get replacements for the formula. In the meantime, they are asking everyone who received formula to check the box.

“Because we want to make sure families are safe,” said Stolfi Alfano.

The FDA advisory does not include liquid formula products or metabolic deficiency nutritional formulas.

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