Manufacturer of Enfamil Recalls Possibly Contaminated Infant Formula

Due to the danger of cross-contamination with a bacterium that can cause severe sickness or death, the manufacturer of Enfamil has recalled around 145,000 cans of newborn formula.

Reckitt, a British consumer health and nutrition company, announced over the weekend that it is voluntarily recalling two batches of Enfamil ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Baby Formula, but no illnesses or “adverse occurrences” have been reported. The company has discovered the source of the probable cronobacter infection and has terminated its relationship with the supplier.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States, infant cronobacter infections can be fatal. The bacteria can thrive in dry foods such as powdered milk, herbal teas, starches, and infant formula.

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Almost all past outbreaks in the United States have been connected to powdered baby formulae, which are not heated to the same extent as many other meals. Cronobacter normally causes fever in babies and can occasionally result in life-threatening blood infections or brain swelling.

In 2012, an infant formula scarcity occurred across the country as a result of a contaminated Abbott Nutrition plant that had to be shut down for many months.

Once government inspectors started looking at odd bacterial infections in four formula-fed newborns, Abbott withdrew several lots of three powdered infant formulas from the factory. Two of the newborns perished. However, it is not certain that the bacteria originated from the plant, as strains detected at the plant did not match the two available baby samples.

Consumers should check the packaging of their infant formula to ensure they did not purchase the recalled product in the most recent recall. The product is Enfamil ProSobee Powder, 12.9-ounce can work with UPC number 300871214415, global batch number ZL2HZF or ZL2HZZ, lot number 0670975 or 0670979, and expiration date March 1, 2024.

Customers can return the merchandise to the retailer for a complete refund. Moreover, they can call Reckit at 1-800-479-0551 or send an email to consumer.relations at