Investigating Baby Formula Concerns
Attorneys at Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP are investigating issues with baby formula on two fronts. First, the FDA announced yesterday that Abbott, makers of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formulas issued a voluntary recall. If you are the parent of an infant and purchased these products with the following designations: (i) the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; (ii) the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and (iii) the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later than your baby formula has been recalled and you should not use it. Specifically, according to the FDA’s website, it is looking into four infant illnesses from three states. All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case. The FDA has initiated an onsite inspection at the facility in Sturgis, Michigan. Findings to date include several positive Cronobacter sakazakii results from environmental samples taken by the FDA and adverse inspectional observations by the FDA investigators. There are also salmonella concerns. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-warns-consumers-not-use-certain-powdered-infant-formula-produced-abbott-nutritions-facility.
Attorneys at our firm have also investigated claims that certain dairy-based baby formulas, when given to premature babies, can cause necrotizing enterocolitis or “NEC.” This condition arises in instances where premature babies’ intestinal tracts cannot process dairy products and the formula can cause severe harm. Products that contain cow’s milk that have caused harm to premature infants include Similac and Enfamil. Babies particularly at risk include those born before 37 weeks and weigh less that 5.5 lbs. at birth.
If you believe that your child may have suffered harm from either ingestion of the recalled Abbott products or from dairy based formula causing necrotizing enterocolitis, contact Attorney Bruce Newman at 860.996.8523 to protect your interests right away.