Similac Baby Formula Recalled After Infant Death

Abbott Nutrition is recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 powdered infant formula due to another report of a dangerous bacterial infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration are investigating reports and complaints of infant illness related to formula from Abbott’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan.

The recalled formula may be tainted by bacteria and is under a widening investigation by the CDC.  The FDA said Monday that a child consumed Similac PM 60/40 before getting a Cronobacter sakazakii infection and dying. The agency said the infection “may have been a contributing cause of death” for the child.

The Lot number of the recalled baby formula is 27032K800.

Thus far, five infants have been infected- four caused by cronobacter and one by salmonella – led to hospitalizations, and the former may have contributed to death in two patients.

The potentially-contaminated batches of specialty Similac formula were shipped around the United States and to Israel. Concerned parents can search their products' lot codes on Abbott's website to see if they are included in the recall.