Most recent patients reported consuming Abbott Nutrition’s Similac PM 60/40 with batch code 27032K800 prior to Cronobacter sakazakiiI infection. The FDA and CDC reported the findings to the company, and on February 28, 2022, Abbott Nutrition voluntarily recalled Similac PM 60/40 powder infant formula with batch code 27032K800. It is a specialty formula for certain children who would benefit from reduced mineral consumption and was not included in the previous call. Currently, the Similac PM 60/40 27032K80 batch code (tin) / 27032K800 (case) are the only types and batches of this specialty formula that are remembered.

On Feb. 17, Abbott reported that the company had begun voluntary recovery of damaged products, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powder formulas manufactured at its facilities in Sturgis, Michigan. Products made in this facility can be found in the US and were probably exported to other countries as well. Canadian health officials have also issued a reminder to remember. Additional memory information is available on the FDA website. Parents and guardians can also enter their product batch code on the company website to verify that it is part of the reminder.

The FDA continues to investigate and update this advice if additional consumer safety information becomes available: FDA investigating Cronobacter and Salmonella complaints: Powder for pregnant women (February 2022) | FDA.


US Food and Drug Administration Announces Investigation of Consumer Complaints Today Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. All of the cases reported that Abbott Nutrition had consumed powdered infant formula produced at its Sturgis, Michigan facility. As a result of ongoing research with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local partners, the FDA warns consumers to avoid buying or using some of the powdered infant formula products produced at this facility. It is an ongoing investigation and the company is working with the FDA to voluntarily recover the damaged product.

The FDA advises consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powder formulas for children if:

  • the first two digits of the code range from 22 to 37; and
  • the ship code contains K8, SH or Z2; and
  • the expiration date is 2022-1-4 (APIR 2022) or later.

The FDA is investigating complaints of childhood illnesses in four states. Four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case. The FDA has begun a local inspection of the facility. The findings so far have had several positives Cronobacter sakazakii Results from environmental samples taken by the FDA and from harmful inspections by FDA researchers. A review of the company’s internal records also indicates environmental pollution Cronobacter sakazakii and due to the presence of the destruction of the company’s product Cronobacter.

“Because it’s a product used as the sole food source for many of our nation’s newborns and babies, the FDA is very concerned about these reports of bacterial infections,” said Frank Yiannas, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. “We want to assure the public that we are working diligently with our partners to investigate complaints about these products, as we recognize that they include formulas for children produced at this facility, and we are working to resolve this safety issue as soon as possible.”

Additional Information:

  • Products made at the Sturgis, Michigan facility can be found in the U.S. and were probably exported to other countries.
  • Products that do not have the information listed above will not be affected. FDA advice does not include liquid formula products or metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas. Consumers should continue to use all products that do not receive advice.
  • To date, this study has been linked to four diseases (three Cronobacter and for one Salmonella) which includes the following states: MN, OH, and TX. Four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case.
  • Cronobacter bacteria can cause serious and life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine). Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include malnutrition, irritability, changes in temperature, jaundice (yellow skin and white eyes), poor breathing, and abnormal movements. Cronobacter the infection can also cause intestinal damage and spread to other parts of the body through the blood.
  • Parents and caregivers of babies who have used these products and are concerned about their child’s health should contact their child’s health care provider. If your child suffers from any of these symptoms, you should report it to your child’s health care provider and seek medical attention immediately.
  • Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal disease called salmonellosis and fever. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Severe cases of salmonellosis can be severe fever, pain, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases can be fatal.
  • Parents and caregivers should never dilute formula for children and should not make homemade milk for children.
  • If your regular formula is not available, contact your child’s health care provider for advice on changing feeding practices.

The FDA is continuing to investigate and will provide additional information on consumer safety when available.