St. Luke’s has been made aware of a voluntary urgent recall on powdered Similac formulas manufactured by Abbott. The recalled formula was manufactured at their plant in Sturgis, Michigan. The voluntary recall has been issued in an abundance of caution by Abbott after receiving four complaints related to Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport in infants. Cronobacter sakazakii was found in a non-product contact area. No evidence was found of Salmonella Newport. Abbott has reported distributed products are tested before being released and must test negative for Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport and other pathogens.
The FDA website indicates that an onsite inspection at the facility included several positive Cronobacter sakazakii results from environmental samples taken by the FDA and adverse inspectional observations by the FDA investigators. A review of the firm’s internal records also indicate environmental contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii and the firm’s destruction of product due to the presence of Cronobacter.