National Formula Recall
Similac recalls several powdered formulas for possible contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella bacteria. In rare cases, these bacteria can lead to sepsis or meningitis in young infants. The recall was issued following consumer reports of four babies hospitalized, and one possible death due to Cronobacter.
Check your Similac brand powdered formula for the code printed on the product packaging near the expiration date. Do not use the formula if it meets three criteria:
- the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
- the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
- the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.
Although rare, symptoms of sepsis and meningitis can include:
(1) No appetite/refusal to feed
(3) Fever or hypothermia (low body temperature below 96F)
(4) Respiratory distress
(5) Unusual movements or seizures
(6) Jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes)
For more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Purchased formula can be refunded through the manufacturer by calling 1-800-986-8540