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Gerber Baby Formula Recalled for Possible Bacterial Contamination


Gerber is voluntarily recalling powdered infant formula due to possible bacterial contamination.

He affected productswhich were manufactured at a facility in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, “are being recalled out of an abundance of caution due to the possible presence of cronobacter sakazakii,” the Perrigo Company announced.

The formula types are all under Gerber Good Start brand of infant formula and were manufactured between January 2 and 18. Specifically, Good Start SoothePro products in 12.4-ounce, 30.6-ounce, and 19.4-ounce cans with an expiration date of July 2024 are subject to recall.

No illnesses have been reported and none of the products distributed have tested positive for cronobacter sakazakii, the company said, but anyone who purchased the formula after March 5 should be especially vigilant.

Cronobacter sakazakii is the same bacteria that led to the recall of Enfamil Herbal Powdered Infant Formula in February.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, cronobacter sakazakii is common and thrives in dry foods.

When babies and children under the age of 12 come into contact with the bacteria, the result can be a life-threatening infection if left untreated. Babies younger than 2 months, premature babies, children with weakened immune systems and children with low birth weights are especially at risk, the FDA said.

The infection can cause fever and seizures. A child should be seen by a health care provider as soon as possible if an infection is suspected.

However, the infection is relatively rare. He Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it gets about four reports a year, but that may not fully reflect how many people get sick in any given year.

Customers who want a refund can contact the Gerber Parent Resource Center at 1-800-777-7690.

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