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Nutramigen Infant Formula Recall Over Contamination Concerns Nationwide

New Jersey

By: Richard L. Smith 

Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) has issued a recall for certain Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder batches, specifically targeting infants with milk allergies.

Physical TherapyThe affected products include Nutramigen Powder in 12.6 and 19.8-ounce cans, distributed in the United States.

The recall, announced on Sunday, is due to potential contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacterium that can pose serious health risks, particularly to infants.

Although a sample tested outside the U.S. triggered the recall, MJN confirmed that all products in question had undergone extensive testing and were negative for the bacteria.

The recalled formulas, produced in June, were distributed between June and August. Despite the widespread distribution, MJN believes that most of the product in the U.S. has likely been consumed, as there have been no reported illnesses or adverse events.

MJN has published the batch codes of the affected products, which have a "use by" date of Jan. 1, 2025, and is offering full refunds to consumers who purchased these cans.

Physical TherapyThe CDC warns that Cronobacter sakazakii can contaminate baby formula at processing centers or in homes. It advises breastfeeding, thorough sanitization of feeding items, hand and surface washing, and proper formula storage to prevent contamination.

This bacterium is particularly dangerous for babies under two months, premature infants, or those with weakened immune systems, as it can lead to meningitis.