Baby formula recalled

U.S. health officials have warned parents not to use three powdered infant formulas manufactured at an Abbott plant in Sturgis.

Investigators recently linked bacterial contamination to the three formulas.

The Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating four reports of infants who were hospitalized after consuming the formula, including one who died. The agency said one of the cases involved salmonella and three involved a rare, but dangerous, germ that can cause blood infections and other serious complications.

Abbott is recalling all potentially affected products manufactured at the Sturgis facility.

The recall affects certain lots of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare with expiration dates of April 1, 2022, or later. The product was distributed throughout the U.S. and overseas.

FDA staff are now inspecting Abbott’s plant in Sturgis, where environmental samples tested positive for the bacteria. Inspectors have also uncovered potential manufacturing problems and past records showing the destruction of formula due to bacterial contamination.

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