Terrifying baby formula recall after child DIED from contaminated batch – here’s the warning signs to look out for
- A recall has been issued for three brands of baby formula sold in Australia
- Specific batch numbers of Elecare, Similac, and Alimentum are recalled
- Four children became unwell and one died in the United States linked to product
- Parents are urged to check for specific code numbers on the packaging
Three brands of baby formula sold in Australia have been recalled after four children became ill and one died in the United States.
The affected products are specific batches of the brands Elecare, Similac, and Alimentum baby formula products.
The brands are made in the US. and sold throughout Australia by prescription at pharmacies and hospitals, and can also be bought privately online.
Parents who have bought this brand are urged to take a close look at the container with the affected batches identified by a seven to nine digit code on the bottom of the package.
The affected products include specific batches of Similac baby formula sold at chemists and online (pictured)
Parents who bought these products are urged to check the packaging for the affected batch code numbers (stock image)
Products are included in the recall if they contain all three of the following: the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37, the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and the expiration date is 1 April 2022 (APR 2022) or later.
The batches were all made at the same facility in Michigan and could contain harmful bacteria.
NSW Health said on Sunday the products could be contaminated with Cronobacter and Salmonella and added that it was not aware of any infections in NSW.
‘Parents and caregivers should change to a suitable alternative product as soon as possible but should only stop feeding their child the affected product once an alternative product has been obtained,’ NSW Health said.
‘Advice on alternative products is available from your child’s specialist, your GP or pharmacist.’
NSW Health said medical advice should be sought if a child has already consumed the affected product with antibiotics an effective treatment.
The recalled products can be identified by code numbers printed on the packaging (pictured)
Alimentum (pictured) and Elecare are also affected by the recall after infants became unwell
RECALLED BABY FORMULA PRODUCTS:
Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd and Abbott US are conducting a precautionary recall of some EleCare, Similac and Alimentum infant formula products manufactured in Abbott’s Sturgis plant in the United States.
The products are available nationally through prescription at pharmacies, hospitals and via direct mail order.
The recalled products can be identified by the 7 to 9 digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package.
Products are included in the recall if they have all three items below:
• the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
• the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
• the expiration date is 1 April 2022 (APR 2022) or later.
Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd Customer Service Number: 1800 225 311.