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Wholesalers and Consumers advised of Potentially Contaminated Similac Infant Formula in SKN

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws, has issued a public service announcement on the possibility of contaminated Similac Infant Formula.

Abbott Laboratories, the US Manufacturer of the Similac Infant Formula announced last week that it recalled some of its products manufactured in the Sturgis, Michigan site.

The powder infant formula products were recalled because of possible microbial contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation of four consumer complaints of bacterial infections, namely Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections.

The FDA also advised people to discard the formulas if 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 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cronobacter usually causes sepsis or severe meningitis in infants (12 months old or younger). Some infants may experience seizures.

Salmonella Newport severely affects children younger than five years of age, adults 65 years and older, and people with a weakened immune system. Most infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps for six hours up to six days after being exposed to the bacteria.

Dr. Laws advised the following:

1. Wholesalers and retailers should check the labels of all Similac infant formula and remove the impacted products from the shelves.

2. Consumers should check all Similac infant formula in their possession. To identify if you have a product affected by the recall, check the number on the bottom of the container. The impacted batch numbers can be found on page 2 of this release.

3. Consumers must discontinue the use of products affected by the recall.

4. If your infant has consumed the recalled formula and exhibits fever, diarrhea, poor feeding, listlessness, or any other unusual symptoms, seek medical care for your child immediately.

These steps are precautionary measures recommended to protect children from potentially tainted products.

Across the region, Ministries of Health in other Caribbean islands have also issued recalls of the product, including The US Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago.

In the Bahamas, an article published online on Eyewitness News reported on a mother and her 12-week old girl who suffered symptoms of bacterial infection.

After the recall was issued, the mother, Kristen Rolle, said she cross-referenced the code of the bulk purchase she made that confirmed she had a recalled batch.

The 12-week old has now improved since switching from the contaminated product.

WINN reached out to the Department of Consumer Affairs for comment on the recall but was unsuccessful.

Below is a more detailed table showing the list of products impacted by the recall

PRODUCT NAME AND PRESENTATION

BATCH NUMBER

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 22.5 OZ PWD, 6 CT

22274SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 22.5 OZ PWD, 6 CT

23391SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 22.5 OZ PWD, 6 CT

23369SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 22.5 OZ PWD, 6 CT

25577SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 22.5 OZ PWD, 6 CT

25681SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 22.5 OZ PWD, 6 CT

26840SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 23.2 OZ PWD

22265SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 23.2 OZ PWD

24461SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 23.2 OZ PWD

24462SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 23.2 OZ PWD

26765SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 23.2 OZ PWD

26795SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 12.4 OZ PWD

22243K800

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 12.4 OZ PWD

34793K800

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 12.4 OZ PWD

34863K800

SIMILAC ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 12.4 OZ PWD

35986K800

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 12.0 oz PWD, 6 CT

32627K800

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE HMO 23.2 OZ PWD, 4CT

22263SH00

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE HMO 23.2 OZ PWD, 4CT

24460SH00

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE HMO 23.2 OZ PWD, 4CT

25600SH00

 

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE HMO 23.2 OZ PWD, 4CT

26762SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 20.1 OZ PWD, 6 CT

28019SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 20.1 OZ PWD, 6 CT

30302SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 20.1 OZ PWD, 6 CT

30302SH00

SIMILAC SENSITIVE INFANT FORMULA 20.1 OZ PWD, 6 CT

30449SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE 20.6OZ PWD, 6CT

28111SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE 20.6OZ PWD, 6CT

28025SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE 20.6OZ PWD, 6CT

29230SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE 20.6OZ PWD, 6CT

30359SH00

SIMILAC ADVANCE 20.6OZ PWD, 6CT

31585SH00

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 20.6 PWD, 4CT

29222SH00

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 20.6 PWD, 4CT

30305SH00

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 20.6 PWD, 4CT

30306SH00

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 20.6 PWD, 4CT

32591SH00

SIMILAC PRO-ADVANCE INFANT FORMULA 20.6 PWD, 4CT

35991SH00

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