Baby Formula Recall
In February 2022, Abbott Nutrition agreed to recall powdered formula products Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare produced at its facility in Sturgis, Michigan. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), those products had been linked to at least five illnesses in infants: four babies who contracted Cronobacter, a bacteria that can cause meningitis, and one who was exposed to salmonella. To date, this investigation has been associated with illnesses in Minnesota, Ohio and Texas. Two of the infants in those initial reports died.
A subsequent FDA inspection found Cronobacter on surfaces and a lack of quality control in the Abbott facility, leading to a halt in production and its temporary closure.
Symptoms and Treatment of Cronobacter Sakazakii Infection
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine). 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. Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.
According to the CDC:
“Cronobacter infections are treated with antibiotics. Infants suspected of having sepsis or meningitis should be hospitalized and given empiric antibiotics immediately. Once Cronobacter has been diagnosed, antimicrobial susceptibility testing should be performed because multidrug-resistant strains have been reported. This testing can help medical providers choose the best antibiotic.”
Additional information can be found in the U.S. Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) notice: Cronobacter & Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Baby Infant Formula
Symptoms and Treatment of Salmonella Newport
Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever called salmonellosis. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases, may become fatal.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Because salmonella infection can cause dehydration, treatment focuses on replacing lost fluids and electrolytes — minerals that balance the amount of water in the body. If dehydration is severe, emergency room care or hospitalization may be needed so that fluids can be delivered directly into a vein (intravenous).”
Johnson//Becker PLLC Attorney Appointed Co-Lead in Baby Formula Lawsuit
In a multidistrict litigation/class action lawsuit against Abbott Nutrition, Johnson//Becker attorney Stacy Hauer has been named co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs. The baby formula lawsuit is expected to include hundreds of plaintiffs across numerous states.
Recalled EleCare Products
- EleCare Amino Acid-Based Powder Infant Formula with Iron
- EleCare Infant Formula Unflavoured
- EleCare Junior Vanilla
- EleCare Jr Similac Vanilla
- EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Unflavored
- EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Banana
- EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Chocolate
- EleCare Similac
- EleCare Similac Gold
- Similac EleCare HMO
- Similac EleCare
- EleCare LCP Hypoallergenic
Do I Have an EleCare Baby Formula Lawsuit? Contact a Lawyer.
If your infant has been sickened by EleCare baby formula, you should be aware that you may be entitled to holding the manufacturers of the defective baby formula accountable by filing a lawsuit.
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