FDA Issues Alert on Contaminated Infant Formula from Texas

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United States: A hazardous germ was discovered in one of the Texas dairy producer’s products, prompting US health regulators to advise parents to steer clear of the powdered infant formula that the firm sells.

The alert regarding Cerelac Infant Powdered Goat Milk Infant Formula was released by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. This was in response to a sample that was taken from a Texas supermarket and tested positive for cronobacter, a bacteria that can cause fatal infections in infants. After being found at a significant US formula factory, the same pathogen caused infant formula recalls and shortages in 2022.

Per the FDA, Dairy Manufacturers Inc. of Prosper, Texas, was the importer and distributor of the Crecelac product. The FDA and the corporation did not provide information in their press statements about the product’s production location or distribution reach.

The company voluntarily recalled the Crecelac formula and another brand, Farmalac, last week because the FDA had not given them the go-ahead to be sold in the United States. Distributors of infant formula must provide FDA officials with data demonstrating that their goods adhere to US food and nutritional requirements.

Although cronobacter was not found in Farmalac product testing, the FDA advised parents and caregivers to avoid using the formula.

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Blood infections and other severe side effects in babies, such as meningitis and damage to the neurological system, can be brought on by cronobacter. In addition to being present in the natural world, the bacteria can enter baby formula through unsealed packaging.

An Abbott formula mill in Sturgis, Michigan, was shut down by FDA investigators in 2022 after examinations brought on by four newborn illnesses associated with cronobacter, including two fatalities, revealed extensive contamination at the location.

In the middle of the shutdown-related shortages, the FDA started to permit the importation of baby formula made by foreign producers. The FDA used to limit the number of domestic manufacturers in the United States that may produce infant formula, including Abbott.

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