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Voluntary Recall of Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder: What Parents Should Know

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Voluntary Recall of Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder: What Parents Should Know

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In response to potential bacterial contamination, over 675,000 cans of Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder are being recalled. The bacteria in question, Cronobacter sakazakii, poses a significant risk to infants, particularly those under 2 months of age, premature babies, and those with weakened immune systems.

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The Recall Details

Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition, the company behind the Nutramigen brand, initiated the voluntary recall. The recall is limited to the powdered formula produced in June 2023. It does not affect liquid formulas or other nutrition products from the company. This action was taken despite the absence of any reported illnesses linked to this issue.

The company's decision to recall the product is based on potential cross-contamination in product samples outside the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company conducted tests on the affected batch. Despite the tests coming back negative for Cronobacter sakazakii, the company decided to recall the product out of an abundance of caution.

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Identifying the Recalled Products

The recalled product batches have specific UPC codes and a 'Use By Date' of '1 Jan 2025'. These products were manufactured in June 2023 and distributed in June, July, and August 2023. Parents who have purchased Nutramigen with the affected batch codes are urged to dispose of the product or contact the company for a refund.

About Cronobacter Sakazakii

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Cronobacter sakazakii is a pathogen found naturally in the environment and can contaminate powdered infant formula. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cronobacter sakazakii infection is rare but can have severe consequences for vulnerable populations. It can cause severe, life-threatening infections and symptoms of sepsis and meningitis.

What Should Parents Do?

Parents are urged to check the batch and UPC codes of the formula they have at home. If you find that you have a can from the recalled batch, do not use it. You can contact the company to arrange for a refund by calling 866-534-9986 or by emailing consumer.relations@rb.com.

Parents are reassured that they can continue to feed their infants with other Nutramigen powder formula batches with confidence. The FDA has assured that this recall is not expected to significantly impact the supply of infant formula in the U.S.

The company's decision to recall the product reflects their commitment to the safety and well-being of infants. It serves as a reminder of the vulnerability of this population and the importance of maintaining rigorous safety standards in the production and distribution of infant nutrition products.

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