Deadly Bacteria Scare Leads to Recall

Deadly Bacteria Scare Leads to Recall

( – Last year, there was a severe infant formula shortage after a manufacturing plant was shut down by the federal government. It took months for the supply chain to recover. Now there is another issue with a brand of infant formula.

On February 19, Reckitt announced it voluntarily recalled two batches of Enfamil ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula. The notification revealed the formula might have been contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii. According to the CDC, the germ lives in dry places like herbal teas, powdered milk, and infant formulas. It can be deadly for those who are immunocompromised and infants.

Symptoms of Cronobacter infections in babies are fever, poor appetite, low energy, and excessive crying. There have been reports of babies having seizures. Those who have an infection could develop meningitis, causing the brain and spine to swell. Roughly 20% of babies who get meningitis have died.

The company identified the cause of the contamination as being from a third-party source. They have taken steps to correct the problem and will no longer receive any material from that particular vendor.

The recall involves about 145,000 cans of infant formula. Parents should check their cans to identify the following information to see if it matches. The 12.9-ounce cans were manufactured between August 2022 and September 2022. The recalled batches are ZL2HZZ and ZL2HZF. The UPC Code of 300871214415 and a March 1, 2024, “Use By” date.

If the information matches, customers can return it for a full refund. No illnesses have been reported in relation to the recall. In the press release, the company stated it’s “committed to the highest level of quality and safety,” which is what led to the recall notice.

Parents who have questions about the recall can contact Reckitt by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-479-0551.

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