A mass recall of hypoallergenic infant formula has been initiated due to potential Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria contamination. The recall involves approximately 675,000 cans of infant formula that have been distributed by Reckitt Benckiser Group plc’s RBGLY Mead Johnson Nutrition MJN. While no illnesses or adverse events have been reported in connection to the affected product yet, the company decided to take its ability to ensure consumer safety seriously. So, why has the recall been put into effect? Tests of the suspected batches outside the US revealed traces of the bacteria. This bacterial presence can lead to severe infections and symptoms such as meningitis, sepsis, and others. To identify whether Nutramigen Powder that was purchased falls into affected batches, consumers are advised to inspect the can’s bottom, looking for specific batch codes and the UPC: ZL3FHG, ZL3FMH, ZL3FPE, ZL3FQD, ZL3FRW, and ZL3FXJ. Cans bearing the UPC 300871239418 or 300871239456 are subject to the recall. If the can is factory sealed, an expiration date of 2025-01-01 may indicate that it has been affected.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not expect the recall to significantly affect the availability of powdered infant formulas in the US, as manufacturers fight shortages. The FDA is committed to ensuring the safety and quality of infant formula products and is working closely with the manufacturers to make sure any issues are take care of.. The agency encourages consumers with concerns or questions to reach out for further information.