Several powdered infant formulas sold under Similac label recalled in Canada
No reported illnesses in Canada, but some have been reported in the U.S.
Several Abbott brand powdered infant formula products — sold under the Similac label — are being recalled due to possible contamination by Cronobacter sakazakii and salmonella bacteria.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says the products were sold across the country, all with an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later.
The list of affected products can be found here.
Anyone who has them should throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.
The Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria can, in rare cases, cause serious and even fatal infections. It has been associated with severe intestinal infection and blood poisoning, especially in newborns.
Salmonella poisoning typically results in short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. But in rare cases, it too can be deadly.
The CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of the Abbott products, however, some illnesses have been reported in the U.S.
In a statement, the company said the products had been manufactured at one of its facilities in Sturgis, Mich.
"Abbott is voluntarily recalling these products after four consumer complaints related to Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport in infants who had consumed powder infant formula manufactured in this facility," the U.S.-based company said in the statement.
With files from CBC News