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

Several brands of formula are made by Abbott Laboratories, Inc., including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. This class action sues Abbott for promoting these formulas as safe for infants when, in fact, the complaint alleges, they cause gastrointestinal sicknesses such as Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella, diarrhea, and other problems.

The class for this action is persons who are asserting claims for personal injuries against Abbott Laboratories, caused by consumption of tainted Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare infant formulas.

The complaint quotes Similac’s website as saying, “The Promise of Similac … [is] to help keep your baby fed, happy, and healthy” and that Similac is “Nutrition you can trust.” But recent events and an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the complaint alleges, suggest those claims may be false.

The complaint alleges, “After receiving consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella infections, the FDA’s investigation along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], and state and local partners, confirmed that Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility had findings to date of ‘several positive Cronobacter sakazakii results from environmental samples taken by the FDA and adverse inspectional observations by the FDA investigators.’”

This is not simply a sudden, recent development, the complaint implies. It refers to a Politico article that claims the FDA received the first report of a foodborne illness back in September 2021, four months before the current formula recall, after four babies had been hospitalized and one had died.

The complaint claims, “Inspectors found Cronobacter sakazakii in several environmental samples taken at the plant, as well as records suggesting the company had been finding the bacteria in the plant and had destroyed product because of the issue.”

The FDA announced its investigation on February 17, 2022, telling consumers should not buy or use the Abbott Labs formulas with certain markings indicating a potentially contaminated lot. The complaint quotes the announcement as saying, “This is an ongoing investigation, and the firm is working with the FDA to initiate a voluntary recall of the potentially affected product.”

The complaint alleges, “Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine). … Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body. Further, according to the CDC, Cronobacter infections can result in the death of babies.”

Similarly, salmonella bacteria may cause “gastrointestinal illness and fever called salmonellosis[,]” the complaint claims. “More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases, may become fatal.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Tainted with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

February 25, 2022

Several brands of formula are made by Abbott Laboratories, Inc., including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. This class action sues Abbott for promoting these formulas as safe for infants when, in fact, the complaint alleges, they cause gastrointestinal sicknesses such as Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella, diarrhea, and other problems.

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Tainted with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

Case Event History

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Tainted with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint

February 25, 2022

Several brands of formula are made by Abbott Laboratories, Inc., including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. This class action sues Abbott for promoting these formulas as safe for infants when, in fact, the complaint alleges, they cause gastrointestinal sicknesses such as Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella, diarrhea, and other problems.

Similac, Alimentum, EleCare Tainted with Cronobacter, Salmonella Complaint
Tags: Breach of warranty, Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Contamination During Preparation or Use, Deceptive Advertising, Strict Product Liability—Failure to Warn