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FDA Issues Recall of Baby Formula, Formula Shortage Worsens

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As parents have been scrambling to find baby formula due to supply chain issues in the ongoing pandemic, there is a secondary problem with three popular baby formulas. Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare have all reportedly been linked to illnesses.

On Sunday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall for powdered baby formula brands, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare, due to four complaints of infants that have become ill due to Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. One death has been reported but has not been confirmed to be caused by Cronobacter infection. The FDA said the formula brands being recalled came from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis facility. 

Families should not use those powdered infant formulas if:

  • The first two digits of the code on container 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

For those who purchased the formula, the FDA advises: 

  • Return the formula to the vendor — Bring it back to the store where it was purchased.
  • Return the formula to Abbott — The company offers information on how to return the formula at:, or by calling 1-800-956-8540.

The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC understand that parents place trust in the manufacturers of baby food and other products. Families who have been affected by a recalled product can call 215-515-2236 or complete an online form. Located in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware; the firm serves clients throughout the surrounding areas.