FDA issues product recall after death, illnesses

FDA issues product recall after death, illnesses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a recall on several powdered baby formula products. The recall affects certain lots of Alimentum, EleCare, Similac Spit-Up, Similac Advance, Similac Sensitive, and Similac Total Care powered formulas, according to a City-County Health Department release.

The FDA is investigating a possible correlation between the recalled products and four cases of infant illnesses, one of which resulted in the death of the child.

If your baby’s formula has an expiration date of April 1, 2022, or later, please visit www.similacrecall.com for further instructions to determine whether your formula products are included in the recall.

The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) supplemental nutrition program at the CCHD provides assistance and education on child nutrition. If you are unsure whether your formula is affected by the recall or have any other questions, call the WIC office at (406) 454-6953 or (406) 868-6897. If you have purchased any recalled formula, bring it — even if opened — to the CCHD facility at 115 4th St. South, Great Falls, MT 59401.

CCHD’s WIC educators can help you select an alternative formula for your child. You may also scan products using the WIC Shopper mobile phone application to see whether the formula is approved by WIC.

Expeditious action was taken to ensure that appropriate replacement products remain available and accessible to all affected families. However, when replacing your baby formula, please only purchase enough for your immediate needs.

If your child has consumed a recalled formula, please contact your health care provider. If the child develops symptoms of a bacterial infection, such as a fever accompanied by poor feeding, crying, or very low energy, seek immediate medical attention.