Dear Patient or Caregiver,
We are reaching out to you because one of our customers has record that you purchased Similac®, Alimentum®, or EleCare®. We want to ensure we’re providing you with the most up to date information possible. Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary product recall of certain powder formulas (Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare) manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan, one of the company’s manufacturing facilities.
Abbott is voluntarily recalling these products after four consumer complaints related to Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport in infants who had consumed powder formula manufactured in our Sturgis, Michigan facility.
Importantly, no distributed product has tested positive for the presence of either of these bacteria. Abbott conducts extensive quality checks on each completed batch of infant formula. All infant formula powder finished products are tested for Cronobacter sakazakii, Salmonella Newport and other pathogens and they must test negative before any product is released.
The products included in the recall have a multidigit number on the bottom of the container (can, plastic jar, pouch) starting with the first two digits 22 through 37, contains K8, SH, or Z2 and with an expiration date of April 1, 2022, or after. No Abbott liquid formula are impacted by this recall. Additionally, no powder formula or nutrition products produced in any of our other manufacturing facilities are impacted by the recall.
To find out if the product you have is included in this recall, visit similacrecall.com to check the lot number by entering the code on the bottom of the product package (can, plastic jar, pouch) or call us toll-free at 800-986-8540. If your product is included in the recall, do not use the product and follow the instructions for return. For any questions, or additional options on returning product included in the recall please call 800-986-8540. If you have questions about feeding your child, contact your healthcare professional.
We regret any frustration or concern caused by the proactive, voluntary recall of certain powder products. At Abbott, our first priority is to provide the highest quality nutritional products for our customers and consumers. We take our quality and safety responsibilities very seriously, and are committed to making the return of powder formulas as convenient as possible for you.
Division Vice President, Therapeutic Sales