Several brands of baby formula have been recalled due to bacterial contamination. Some brands, including Similac, EleCare, and Alimentum, have been recalled due to the bacterial contamination. Four infants have been hospitalized as a result of the bacterial infection, and two of those cases may have contributed to their deaths. Check the lot code on the package to determine which product is affected. If you’re unsure if the baby formula you’re currently using is affected, you can visit the FDA website to find out if it’s affected.
While Washington’s WIC program provides formula for WIC families, WIC is unable to guarantee you’ll find formula alternatives in every store. Check with your local WIC office for updates. Alternatively, use the WIC shopping app. WIC offers breastfeeding support, which is essential when formula alternatives are not readily available. If you’re worried about the safety of a particular brand, check with your local WIC clinic. In addition to providing formula, WIC can help you get the right nutrients for your baby.
Abbott Nutrition is planning to restart the Sturgis plant on June 4, and new batches of the recalled product should be available around June 20. The company’s specialty metabolic formulas and EleCare Specialty Formula are the first products to be produced again. EleCare Specialty Formula is an amino acid-based formula intended for babies who can’t drink cow’s milk. Despite the recall, it’s possible to find a bottle at a store near you.