Similac PM baby formula recalled after second tot dies from bacteria infection

HEALTH officials are warning parents against using specific baby formulas by Abbott Nutrition after a second toddler died from a bacteria infection.

In the latest update by the Food and Drug Administration, health officials are calling for a recall of Abbott Nutrition's Similac PM 60/40 product.

The recall comes after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that a second toddler, who was exposed to the formula, was infected with Cronobacter sakazakii.

The rare and dangerous germ can cause blood infections and other life-threatening severe complications.

The FDA said the Cronobacter infection "may have been a contributing cause of death."

The federal agency said the infant may have been infected after consuming the formula from the lot that is being recalled.

The infant reportedly consumed Abbott Nutrition's Similac PM 60/40 with the code 27032K800.

Similac PM is considered "a specialty formula for certain infants who would benefit from lowered mineral intake."

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"This case is under investigation, and at this time the cause of the infant’s Cronobacter sakazakii infection has not been determined," Abbott posted on its recall website.

"We want to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family."

The company added that "no distributed product has tested positive for the presence of Cronobacter sakazakii" and recently tested retained product samples of Similac PM "were negative for Cronobacter."


The recent federal warning comes nine days after Abbott recalled multiple formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare after four infants were reportedly diagnosed with cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella.

Parents are encouraged to check their formulas, as exposure to Cronobacter can cause sepsis and meningitis.

Infants displaying symptoms of poor feeding, irritability, or fevers should receive immediate care.

Health officials are encouraging parents to check a multidigit number on the bottom of the container to know if their product includes:

  • The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37
  • The code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2
  • The expiration date 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later

In total, four infants have reported Cronobacter infections, and one has reported a Salmonella infection, according to the FDA.

All five infants were hospitalized and two died, the federal agency reported.

More information is available at

The recall has not impacted Abbott's liquid formulas, powder formulas, or other nutrition products.

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