On February 17, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on some popular baby formula brands, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare. It is currently investigating consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella newport infections.
To date, there have been four reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections in infants and one of a Salmonella newport infection. All five infants are reported to "have consumed powdered infant formula produced from Abbott Nutrition's Sturgis, Michigan, facility," the FDA press release states.
Additionally, all five cases resulted in hospitalization and "Cronobacter may have contributed to death in two patients."
Abbott is working with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control