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Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Contamination with Cronobacter, Salmonella Class Action

On February 18, 2020, Abbott Laboratories (which does business as Abbott Nutrition) announced a recall of certain lots of its baby formula being sold under the brand names Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. This class action alleges that Abbot Labs bears responsibility for the contamination of these lots with Cronobacter and Salmonella bacteria.

Two classes have been proposed for this action:

  • The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons who, within the applicable statute of limitations period, bought the recalled products made by Abbott Laboratories.
  • The Maryland Class is all persons who, within the applicable statute of limitations period, bought the recalled products made by Abbott Laboratories.

The complaint quotes the Similac website as saying that Similac formula will “give babies a strong start by helping to keep them fed, happy, and healthy.” Alimentum claims to be the “the #1 infant formula brand fed for cow’s milk protein allergy in the US” while 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.”

Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that Abbott’s formulas have been linked with four cases of sickness and hospitalization in three states, one of which resulted in death. Three of them, it alleges, involved Cronobacter sakazakii and the fourth Salmonella Newport. The first of the hospitalizations occurred in September 2021.

All of the infants involved had consumed formula made at Abbott’s Sturgis, Michigan facility.

According to the complaint, “Cronobacter germs can cause a dangerous blood infection (sepsis) or make the linings surrounding the brain and spinal cord swell (meningitis).” It can also sometimes cause death. Salmonella bacteria, it says, can cause salmonellosis, with “fever, stomach cramps, diarrhea, bloody stools, prolonged vomiting, and dehydration. Severe cases of salmonellosis require hospitalization and may result in death.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation at the Sturgis, Michigan facility. The complaint alleges it “received several positive Cronobacter results from environmental samples” and “included adverse inspectional observations by FDA investigators.”

In addition, the complaint says, the investigation found internal records indicating that the company had previously found contamination with the Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria and documenting the destruction of product produced at the facility because of the presence of the bacteria.

Abbott Labs has recalled lots of the formulas with certain markings. However, the complaint alleges, “The recall does not include a refund, reimbursement, or replacement for consumers who purchased or used Recalled Products.”

The plaintiffs for this class action purchased formula from lots that have now been recalled.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Contamination with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

February 25, 2022

On February 18, 2020, Abbott Laboratories (which does business as Abbott Nutrition) announced a recall of certain lots of its baby formula being sold under the brand names Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. This class action alleges that Abbot Labs bears responsibility for the contamination of these lots with Cronobacter and Salmonella bacteria.

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Contamination with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

Case Event History

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Contamination with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

February 25, 2022

On February 18, 2020, Abbott Laboratories (which does business as Abbott Nutrition) announced a recall of certain lots of its baby formula being sold under the brand names Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. This class action alleges that Abbot Labs bears responsibility for the contamination of these lots with Cronobacter and Salmonella bacteria.

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Contamination with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint
Tags: Breach of warranty, Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Contamination During Preparation or Use, Unjust Enrichment