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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a voluntary recall of over 675,000 cans of Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder due to potential bacteria contamination. Manufacturer Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition issued the recall over possible Cronobacter sakazakii contamination.

Nutramigen is a hypoallergenic infant formula for infants with allergies to cow’s milk. The CDC reports that Cronobacter sakazakii is a naturally occurring environmental germ found in dry food products, including powdered baby formula, and can cause dangerous infections. Cronobacter infections are serious or fatal for infants under 2 months old, born prematurely, or have weakened immune systems.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the formula recall in the United States. The Israeli Ministry of Health reported a positive Cronobacter sakazakii test found during a routine formula sampling at the Israeli border. The contaminated formula was produced at the Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition facility in Zeeland, Michigan.

According to Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition, no contaminants were found in products tested by the company following the Israeli report, and none of the company’s liquid formulas or other nutrition products have been impacted.

The FDA employs numerous steps to ensure the safety of powdered infant formula through Cronobacter prevention strategies, enhanced inspections, increased industry engagement, and enforcing regulatory actions.

Formulas with the following batch codes should be disposed of:

  • ZL3FHG, 12.6 oz.
  • ZL3FMH 12.6 oz.
  • ZL3FPE 12.6 oz.
  • ZL3FQD 12.6 oz.
  • ZL3FRW 19.8 oz.
  • ZL3FXJ 12.6 oz.

Affected products contain the UPC Codes 300871239418 or 300871239456 and a January 1, 2025 expiration date. The FDA assures consumers that the recall has no major impact on the supply and availability of other powdered baby formulas in the United States.

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