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Georgia DPH cautions parents to check their powdered infant formula before use
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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents and caregivers of infants to check their powdered infant formula before they use it, due to a recall of select lots of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas.

According to a press release by the DPH, the recall includes select lots of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas, which are manufactured by Abbott Nutrition in its facility in Sturgis, Michigan and sold throughout the U.S. 

The recalled formulas can be identified by the 7- to 9-digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package, the release said. Do not use the brands if they meet all three of the following conditions: 

  • The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37

  • The code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2

  • The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later 

“Parents can also check Similac’s recall website or call 800-986-8540 and follow the instructions provided to find out if a formula they use is included in the recall,” the release said. “The recall does not include liquid formula products or any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.” 

To check your formula’s lot number on the Similac recall website, go to https://www.similacrecall.com/us/en/home.html

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating the matter after four babies became sick with bacterial infections after consuming the products, the release said. Three of the complaints concerned Cronobacter sakazakii infections, and one was a Salmonella infection, both of which can be foodborne. 

Georgia WIC participants can return or exchange recalled formula at the place they purchased it, or contact their WIC clinic to exchange for replacement vouchers, the release said. Parents and caregivers of infants should contact their child’s healthcare provider for recommendations on changing feeding practices if their regular formula is not available. 

Addition recall information can be found on the FDA website at https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-warns-consumers-not-use-certain-powdered-infant-formula-produced-abbott-nutritions-facility