Urgent Baby Formula Recall Released

Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder, a product made for babies with milk allergies, was recalled in early January by maker Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN).

The recall is for 12.6 and 19.8-ounce cans of Nutramigen Powder distributed in the US.

A notification from MJN said that the recall was in response to concerns about possible contamination with Cronobacter Sakazakii.

The business states that all products in issue were tested extensively by MJN and found to be free of the bacterium, but a sample taken outside of the US prompted the recall.

The product in question was made in June and was delivered through August.

According to the company’s announcement, it is suspected that most, if not all, of the recalled items in the US have been eaten due to the restricted availability of this specific baby formula. As of the notice, there had been no complaints of adverse occurrences or diseases.

The concerned cans’ use-by date is January 1, 2025, and MJN has publicized their product batch numbers. According to the notice, consumers who bought the recalled cans will have their money back in full.

Bacterial infections caused by Cronobacter may lead to meningitis, an inflammation of membranes that shield the brain and spine, and sepsis, a potentially fatal illness. Meningitis and Sepsis may cause a variety of symptoms, including increases in temperature, irritability, poor eating, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), odd movements, and grunting breaths. Additionally, Cronobacter infections may lead to gastrointestinal problems and even blood-borne infections.

The bacterium Cronobacter Sakazakii is ubiquitous in nature.

Powdered baby formula is one example of a dry food that might harbor these microbes, along with herbal teas, powdered milk, and starches.

According to the CDC, the baby formula may get contaminated with Cronobacter Sakazakii at processing plants or households.

To keep your baby’s formula safe from germs, the CDC says to wash your hands often, breastfeed, sanitize bottles and other feeding utensils, and store them properly.

The germs that may cause meningitis are especially dangerous to infants with compromised immune systems, premature babies, and those under two months old.