Baby formula and protein shakes has been recalled due to risk of deadly Cronobacter infections in Texas and other states.
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UPDATE: Gerber Baby Formula Recall
In March 2023, a recall was announced for certain batches of Gerber® Good Start® SoothePro Baby Formula because it may be contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria. Babies who are infected with this bacteria can develop severe, life-threatening infections.
Enfamil ProSobee Baby Formula Recalled for Cronobacter Risk
In February 2023, Reckitt recalled about 145,000 cans of Enfamil ProSobee Plant-Based Infant Formula due to possible cross-contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii.
No infections with Cronobacter were reported. The recall includes two batches: ZL2HZF or ZL2HZZ, with a UPC Code of 300871214415 and a Use-By Date of “1 Mar 2024.”
Protein Shakes Recalled for Risk of Cronobacter Infections
In July 2022, Lyons Magnus recalled at least 11 brand-names of protein shakes, coffee products and high-calorie nutritional shakes due to a risk of Cronobacter infections.
No illnesses or deaths were linked to the recall, but people who drink these shakes should watch out for symptoms.
“The common symptoms of illness could include fever, vomiting and urinary tract infection. However, vulnerable and immunocompromised populations may be more susceptible to infection,” according to the manufacturer.
Many popular protein shakes for adults were recalled (such as Premier Protein) as well as products for children and people who need high-calorie high-protein foods.
The recall involves products under the following brands:
- Aloha Plant-Based Protein
- Glucerna Original (sold only at Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Sam’s Club)
- Sysco Imperial Med Plus & Thickened Dairy Drink
- Intelligentsia Cold Coffee & Oat Latte
- Kate Farms Pediatric Standard
- Lyons Barista Style Non-Dairy Beverage
- Lyons Ready Care
- MRE Protein Shake
- Oatly Oat-Milk Barista Edition (Food Service)
- Pirq Plant Protein
- Premier Protein
- Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee
Baby Formula Recalled After Deadly Cronobacter Infection Outbreak
In early 2022, Abbott Laboratories recalled a massive amount of Similac, EleCare and Alimentum powdered baby formula after babies in Texas, Ohio, and Minnesota were infected with Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria that can cause life-threatening illnesses.
What is Cronobacter?
Cronobacter infections are rare, but they are especially high-risk for newborn infants — up to 80% of infections are deadly for babies. Many babies who survive a Cronobacter infection are left with lifelong disabilities, brain damage, or complications of undergoing surgery.
What is the Risk?
The most serious complications of a Cronobacter infection include:
- Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spine)
- Sepsis (blood infection)
- Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) — intestinal infection
- Gastrointestinal problems
The symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths, and abnormal body movements. Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.
Types of Cronobacter Bacteria
Cronobacter spp. (formerly Enterobacter sakazakii), are a group of Gram-negative bacteria that includes:
- Cronobacter sakazakii
- Cronobacter malonaticus
- Cronobacter turicensis
- Cronobacter muytjensii
- Cronobacter dublinensis
- Cronobacter condiment
- Cronobacter universalis
Where Is Cronobacter Found?
Cronobacter can survive in very dry foods, like powdered infant formula, powdered milk, herbal teas, and starches. It has also been found in sewer water, according to the CDC.
Babies who are infected with Cronobacter sakazakii can suffer severe intestinal damage and Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), according to recent studies. NEC is a life-threatening intestinal complication that can quickly lead to sepsis and death.
Baby Formula Lawsuits
Baby formula lawsuits have been filed by angry parents who accuse formula-makers of failing to warn them about the increased risk of NEC from infant formula. These lawsuits accuse companies like Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Co. of putting profits above public safety by downplaying the deadly risk of NEC.
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