The FDA is advising consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare brand powdered infant formulas. Please check all varieties of formula within these brands, referring to the bottom of each can.
Set aside cans marked that meet all three of these criteria:
These powdered infant formulas have the potential to be contaminated with Cronobacter, a bacterium that can cause severe foodborne illness, primarily in infants. Cronobacter infections are rare but are especially high risk for newborn infants.
What is Chronobacter?
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine).
Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.
What are the Symptoms of Chronobacter Infection?
Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths, and abnormal movements.
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, call us right away.