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Baby formula urgent warning after reports of ‘severe infections’ across US

PARENTS are being advised to avoid certain types of infant formula products amid reports that four infants have fallen ill with a “severe infection.”

Food and Drug Administration bosses issued a recall on Thursday for certain Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formula manufactured at an Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Michigan.

A recall has been issued for baby formula products including Similac after it was reported that four infants fell ill with'severe infections' (file image)

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A recall has been issued for baby formula products including Similac after it was reported that four infants fell ill with ‘severe infections’ (file image)

Three babies were infected with Cronobacter sakazakii and one was infected with Salmonella Newport.

Cases were reported in Minnesota, Ohio and Texas, FDA confirmed.

All four cases required hospitalization and there is concern that Cronobacter may have contributed to one death.

Cronobacter can cause sepsis, meningitis, temperature changes, and intestinal damage, while symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

Parents should avoid products that have the first two digits on the code 22-37, the code on the box K8 SH or Z2, or the expiration date April 2022 or later.

Infants experiencing symptoms after taking the affected products should seek medical attention.

Abbott issued a voluntary recall and the products were tested, none of which were found to be positive for the bacteria.

Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, said: “Because this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation’s infants and young children, the FDA should very concerned about these reports of infections.

“We want to reassure the public that we are working diligently with our partners to investigate complaints regarding these products, which we have noticed include infant formula manufactured manufactured at this facility, while we work to resolve this safety concern as quickly as possible.”

“We deeply regret what this situation will entail for parents, carers and healthcare professionals,” said Joe Manning, Abbott executive vice president.

A company spokesperson told NBC Today that bosses will do “whatever is necessary” to maintain trust among members of the public.

Health officials advise against making formula products at home amid warnings of “serious health concerns” for babies.

Earlier this year, two babies were taken to hospital because they were “severely malnourished” after drinking homemade formula, Today reported.

According to Nicole Fragale, clinical nutrition manager at Nemours Children’s Health System, tots are fed vegan formula but it’s the homemade aspect that makes it unsafe.

The FDA warns parents not to dilute infant formula.

Americans can find more information at Similarrecall.com, where they can search a product’s code to see if it’s affected.

The FDA says that investigations are still ongoing.

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Bobby Allyn

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