Baby Formula Recalled Due to Potential Bacterial Contamination

Nutramigen baby formula stages 1 and 2 face a recall over potential Cronobacter sakazakii contamination in a recent development impacting both the UK and the United States. Here’s the full story.

Formula Recall 

Batches of Nutramigen stage 1 and stage 2 baby formula powders have been recalled due to the potential presence of Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria capable of causing fever, diarrhea, and, in severe cases, sepsis or meningitis. This recall, initiated by manufacturer Reckitt, follows the discovery of the bacteria in an isolated overseas sample.

Nutramigen stage 1 and stage 2 hypoallergenic formula powders, primarily used for infants with cow’s milk protein allergy, are at the center of the recall. These formulas, prescribed medically but also available over the counter, play a crucial role in managing allergies affecting approximately 7% of babies under the age of 1.

Recall Details

Reckitt has identified specific batch codes – ZL3F7D for stage 1 and ZL3FAA and ZL3FDM for stage 2 – with a best-before date of 1 July 2025. The affected pack size is 400g. In the recall notice, Reckitt emphasized that no other batches are affected, and other Nutramigen products remain safe for use.

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised consumers not to feed the recalled products to their babies and to return them to the place of purchase. Symptoms of illnesses related to the bacteria include fever, poor feeding, irritability, jaundice, and abnormal breaths and movements in infants.

Manufacturer’s Response

Reckitt is actively investigating the situation and has assured the public that unaffected batches and other Nutramigen products are safe for use. The recall was a precautionary measure initiated after the discovery of the bacteria in an isolated overseas sample.

Apart from the UK, certain batches of Nutramigen formula have also been recalled in the United States, as reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The global reach of the recall emphasizes the potential severity of the issue. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated that, as of now, there are no reported cases of illness linked to the consumption of the recalled formulas. The agency is closely monitoring the situation through surveillance systems to ensure the safety of consumers.

Ongoing Investigation

This recall follows an incident in Scotland where a person died from E. coli, which was linked to a bacterial infection outbreak in the UK associated with cheese consumption. It is unclear if the contaminated food directly caused the death. 

The recall of Nutramigen stage 1 and stage 2 baby formula powders due to potential bacterial contamination underscores the importance of stringent quality control measures in the production of infant products. With a focus on consumer safety, health agencies are actively involved in monitoring and responding to such incidents, ensuring the well-being of infants and young children who rely on these formulas for their nutritional needs.

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