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Abbot Nutrition Recalls Baby Formulas with Cronobacter, Salmonella Class Action

Abbott Laboratories, which does business as Abbott Nutrition, makes the infant formulas Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. In February 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to buy or use these products if they bore certain markings or lot number, the complaint for this class action alleges, because the lots could be contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport bacteria.

The complaint proposes two classes for this action:

  • The Nationwide Class is all persons who, within the applicable statute of limitations, bought one of the recalled products made by Abbott Laboratories.
  • The Michigan Class is all persons who, within the applicable statute of limitations, bought one of the recalled products made by Abbott Laboratories. (The definition, as given in the complaint, does not specify whether the persons must be in Michigan or whether they must have bought the products in Michigan.)

Abbott announced a recall of certain powdered infant formula products on February 18, 2022, claiming that they might be contaminated and that therefore they might cause a serious injury, permanent impairment, or possibly even death. The recalled products were all produced at Abbott’s Sturgis, Michigan facility.

According to the complaint, Abbott is not giving those who bought the recalled products a replacement or a financial credit of any kind.

The three formula products have slightly different purposes. The complaint quotes Abbott as calling Similac “the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Brand for Immune Support[,]” calling Alimentum “the #1 infant formula brand fed for cow’s milk protein allergy in the US.” The complaint says EleCare is “for infants who cannot tolerate intact or hydrolyzed protein due to conditions such as severe food allergies or short bowel syndrome.”

The first known hospitalization of a baby who had ingested the contaminated formula occurred on September 6, 2021. Eventually, four infants were known to have been hospitalized, in Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas, with one of the babies dying. According to the complaint, all four had had formula that was produced in the Sturgis facility.

The complaint alleges that Cronobacter “can cause diarrhea and urinary tract infections in people of all ages, but infections can be very serious in infants.” Cronobacter, it says, “can cause a dangerous blood infection (sepsis) or or make the linings surrounding the brain and spinal cord swell (meningitis).” Salmonella Newport can also cause serious illness, and the bacteria can be resistant to antibiotics. It may cause fever, stomach cramps, diarrhea, bloody stools, prolonged vomiting, and dehydration, and may result in hospitalization or death.

The FDA inspected Abbott’s Sturgis facility, and the complaint alleges it “received several positive Cronobacter results from environmental samples” and made “adverse inspectional observations…”

The FDA’s review of internal records found evidence of contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii and “the destruction of product at the Sturgis, Michigan facility due to the presence of Cronobacter.”

It published its report on February 17, 2022, “in conjunction with the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]” warning consumers not to buy or use the products that had been recalled.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Abbot Nutrition Recalls Baby Formulas with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

March 15, 2022

Abbott Laboratories, which does business as Abbott Nutrition, makes the infant formulas Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. In February 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to buy or use these products if they bore certain markings or lot number, the complaint for this class action alleges, because the lots could be contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport bacteria.

Abbot Nutrition Recalls Baby Formulas with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

Case Event History

Abbot Nutrition Recalls Baby Formulas with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

March 15, 2022

Abbott Laboratories, which does business as Abbott Nutrition, makes the infant formulas Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. In February 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to buy or use these products if they bore certain markings or lot number, the complaint for this class action alleges, because the lots could be contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport bacteria.

Abbot Nutrition Recalls Baby Formulas with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Contamination During Preparation or Use, Deceptive Advertising