Cronobacter Sakazakii and Salmonella Newport bacteria are found in Similac Human Milk Fortifier and Similac Alimentum.
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The Health Ministry (KKM) has announced that two infant formula products produced by Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan have been found to be contaminated with Cronobacter Sakazakii and Salmonella Newport bacteria.
The products concerned were Alimentum (400g) and Human Milk Fortifier (0.9gx50 sachets).
The affected products were with batch numbers starting with the digits 22 to 37 on the barcode on containers numbered K8, SH or Z2, with the expiration date of 1 April 2022, or later.
KKM has imposed an auto-rejection of the products involved at all entry points to the country.
The ministry has also contacted Abbott Laboratories (M) Sdn Bhd and confirmed that the company has made a voluntary recall of the products involved in the local market and taken proactive action by contacting retailers, distributors and institutions that purchased the products to stop the sale of the product.Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
Traders, including online traders, who still had stocks of the product should immediately stop selling them and contact the nearest District Health Office.
The Cronobacter Sakazakii bacteria can live in dry conditions such as infant formula and an infection can cause meningitis or sepsis, which rarely occurs.
Nevertheless, parents should watch out for symptoms in their babies such as fever, loss of appetite or lethargy.
Parents and guardians were advised to stop using the affected products and monitor their baby’s health and seek immediate medical attention if the baby exhibits any symptoms.
Consumers who have any concerns regarding food safety issues may contact the nearest State Health Department (PKD).
Abbott says no bacteria found
In an official statement, Abbott said the milk products did not test positive for both bacterias.
However, the company will continue testing their products.
In the meantime, parents and guardians are advised to discuss with their healthcare professional about suitable, alternative feeding options.