(PresidentialHill.com)- More bad news for parents of infants and babies dropped this week when it was announced another manufacturer of infant formula had to be recalled due to the health risks it potentially poses.
On Monday, Reckitt – one of the prominent U.S. manufacturers of infant formula – decided to recall on a voluntary basis two big batches of one of the Enfamil products that it produces. In all, the company recalled 145,000 cans of its ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula.
The company said this was “due to a possibility of cross-contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii,” which is a bacteria that could potentially cause infections in newborns. While this is rather rare in infants, it’s also life-threatening, so the company acted in an abundance of caution.
To this point, Reckitt has said that no one has reported any illnesses to them about the infant formula. Further, all of the formula batches have been tested, and all came back negative for that particular bacteria.
While the company is then calling it all “an isolated situation,” it is still urging people who purchased the product that is affected by the recall to either return it where they purchased it so they can get a full refund or simply dispose of it.
In a statement, the company said:
“After a thorough investigation, we have identified the root cause, which was linked to a material from a third party. We have taken all appropriate corrective actions, including no longer sourcing this material from the supplier.”
The specific products that were subject to the recall were the containers that were 12.9 ounces, and that were manufactured between the dates of August 2022 and September 2022. These containers were sold at various retail stores in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico.
The company said that customers would be able to check to see if the can they have is affected by the recall. The batches were numbered ZL2HFZ as well as ZL2HZZ.
Customers can look at the barcode on the can, and look for a number beneath it that reads 300871214415. The use-by date for the product will also be March 1 of 2024.
Any parent who has a concern regarding the product – or if their infant consumed the product – should reach out to either the company or their pediatrician so they can get more information, according to Reckitt.
The bacteria in this incident is the same one that was found as part of the formula recalls that happened at Abbott Nutrition that was at the center of the baby formula shortage that happened around the country last year.
When they reviewed the details of the formula shortage last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said one major area of need is to have better understanding scientifically of the bacteria, as well as oversight and control measures that correspond to it.
That information was released last September, and since then, the FDA has also issued its prevention strategy that it believes will enhance the safety of all powdered infant formula in the U.S.