KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) officials want to ensure that the community knows that the FDA has issued a consumer advisory to avoid purchasing or using specific lots of Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formula.
These formula products were produced at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan, facility.
Abbott has issued a recall notice for these products. Products affected by this recall are confirmed to be present in Oregon.
Affected products have the following lot number on the bottom of the product:
- The first two digits of the code on the can are 22 through 37, and
- A code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
- An expiration date of April 1, 2022, or later.
Abbott has provided the following tools to assist consumers in determining if a product is included in the recall: a website at https://tinyurl.com/formula-check or call 1-800-986-8540.
“While not all formula is covered under this recall, every can should be checked,” said Melissa Dorsey, KCPH WIC Program Manager. “It is unfortunate that this is happening over a holiday weekend, but everyone wants to ensure the health and safety of all infants.”
If the formula is affected by the recall, call the store where it was purchased. Ask if the store has any unaffected cans of the formula. If the store has unaffected cans, return the product to the store for a replacement. Even opened cans of recalled formula will be replaced.
For families using KCPH’s WIC program, call WIC if a store cannot be found with unaffected product. Phone lines will be checked over the holiday weekend. The Oregon WIC hotline is 1-971-673-0040; the Klamath County number is 541-883-4276.
The concern about the formula products is three reports nationwide of Cronobacter sakazakii infections in infants. For more information about the infection, visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/cronobacter/infection-and-infants.html.
If an infant has eaten formula affected by the recall and presents with a fever and poor feeding, excessive crying, or very low energy, contact a health care provider.
“WIC families must know they are not facing this concern alone,” said Dorsey. “We are here to help.”