The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled specific lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered formulas

Baby Formula Recall

February 23, 2022

Dear Texas Children’s Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Urgent Care and Texas Children’s Hospital families,

Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Hospital continues to support our patients, their families and communities by keeping you aware of important health information. Please read below about what you need to know regarding a recent baby formula recall.

What Parents Need to Know: 

Baby Formula Recall

Texas Children’s Hospital received notice of an urgent recall from The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Certain powdered infant formulas are included in the recall.

The FDA is warning parents not to use the affected products. These affected powdered infant formulas may be contaminated with Cronobacter, a bacterium that can cause severe foodborne illness primarily in infants and Salmonella that could cause gastrointestinal illness. Per the FDA, four infant illnesses have been reported. All four patients were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case.

Formula Identifiers

Formulas included in the recall: 

DO NOT USE Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered formulas if: 

  • 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.

Check to see if your product is recalled:

Enter the lot number printed on the bottom of the formula on the Abbott website. If your product is included in the recall, do not use it and do not throw it away. Click here to obtain a refund or replacement. You can also call Similac customer service at 800-986-8540. 

If your formula is part of the recall, do not use the formula. If your regular formula is not available, contact your child’s healthcare provider for recommendations on changing feeding practices.

Update on March 3, 2022: On Feb. 28, 2022, Abbott Nutrition voluntarily recalled Similac PM 60/40 powdered infant formula (Lot # 27032K80 (can) / Lot # 27032K800 (case). This is a specialty formula for certain infants who would benefit from lowered mineral intake and was not included in the previous recall.

Facts about the bacteria: 

  • Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine).  It may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body. 
    • Symptoms to watch for: 
      • Poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and abnormal movements.  
  • Salmonella is a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever called salmonellosis.  
    • Symptoms to watch for: 
      • 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.  

The health and wellbeing of our patients is Texas Children’s top priority. If you have used this product and are concerned about the health of your child, please contact your child’s pediatrician. If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should notify your child’s health care provider and seek medical care immediately. 

To learn more about Cronobacter, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.