Health agencies warn parents of powdered baby formula recall

The state health department is advising residents not to use certain powdered infant formula after reports that some babies have become ill.

Federal health agencies are investigating reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infection and a report of Salmonella Newport infection in several states, including Minnesota, Texas and Ohio.

No illnesses have been reported in New Hampshire, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release.

The Food and Drug Administration advises consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formula if:

• The first two digits of the code range from 22 to 37, and

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

• Expiration date is 4-1-2022 (April 2022) or later.

The product code is printed on the product packaging near the expiration date.

“Due to the long shelf life of these products, it is important that consumers check their pantry for any recalled product,” said Tricia Tilley, director of DHHS’s Public Health Services Division. “Consumers should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for an exchange or refund.”

This advisory does not include liquid formula products or metabolic deficiency nutritional formulas, officials said. Parents and caregivers can go to www.similacrecall.com and enter the code found at the bottom of the package to see if a product is included in the recall.

All of the babies who became ill reportedly consumed powdered infant formula produced from Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. Testing at this facility identified several environmental samples positive for Cronobacter bacteria, but there were no detections of Salmonella Newport, according to DHHS.

Health officials said no finished or distributed products tested positive for either bacteria.

The powdered products are approved formulas from the NH Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, according to the DHHS press release, so WIC-enrolled families who purchased any of the recalled formulas should discard it. immediately.

All families with a child enrolled in the state WIC program will be notified of the recall. Families with questions should call their local WIC office or the state WIC office at 1-800-942-4321.

Cronobacter can cause diarrhea and urinary tract infections in people of all ages, but the infection can be serious in infants, health officials said. Early symptoms of infection in infants usually include fever, poor feeding, crying and irritability, and very low energy. Salmonella infection can also cause fever and diarrhea.

To report a suspected illness, contact the State Office of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.