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Nutramigen Baby Food Recall

January 2, 2024 — In a recent development, Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) has voluntarily recalled over 675,000 cans of Nutramigen Powder, a specialty infant formula designed for the dietary management of cow’s milk allergy (CMA). This recall has been initiated due to a potential contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria that can cause severe infections. In this article, we will delve into the details of this recall, including the reasons behind it, the affected batches, and the necessary steps for consumers to take.

Understanding the Recall

The recall was prompted by the discovery of a potential contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii in a non-U.S. sample of the Nutramigen Powder. As a precautionary measure, Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition decided to recall all potentially affected cans of the formula from the U.S. market. Despite testing conducted by MJN showing negative results for the bacteria, the recall was carried out to ensure the safety of consumers.

Recalled Batches and Distribution

The recalled batches of Nutramigen Powder include cans with specific UPC codes and a “Use By Date” of “1 Jan 2025.” The affected cans come in two sizes: 12.6 oz and 19.8 oz. The 12.6 oz cans have the following UPC codes: 300871239418 and 300871239456. The 19.8 oz cans have the UPC code 300871239456. These cans were manufactured in June 2023 and primarily distributed in June, July, and August 2023.

Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition has reported that they believe most, if not all, of the recalled products have already been consumed due to the limited availability of the remaining stock. The formula was distributed through retail stores nationwide, and no other Nutramigen batches or Reckitt products have been impacted by this recall.

The Dangers of Cronobacter sakazakii

Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacterium that can cause severe, life-threatening infections, including sepsis and meningitis. Infants are particularly vulnerable to these infections, which can lead to serious health complications. Common symptoms of sepsis and meningitis include poor feeding, temperature changes, irritability, jaundice, grunting breaths, and abnormal movements.

Infection with Cronobacter sakazakii can also cause bowel damage, which may spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Prompt action is essential if any of these symptoms are observed in infants who have consumed the recalled formula.

Consumer Actions and Refunds

Consumers who have purchased the recalled cans of Nutramigen Powder are advised to dispose of the formula immediately. They should also contact Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition for a full refund. The company can be reached at 866-534-9986 or via email at consumer.relations@rb.com.

It is crucial to note that as of December 30, 2023, no illnesses or adverse reactions related to the consumption of the recalled formula have been reported. However, it is essential for consumers to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of their infants.

What the Recall Means

The voluntary recall of Nutramigen Powder by Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition serves as a precautionary measure to mitigate the potential risks associated with the presence of Cronobacter sakazakii. While no illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported, it is crucial for consumers to follow the recommended actions and dispose of the formula if they have purchased any of the recalled batches. By taking these steps and contacting MJN for a refund, consumers can prioritize the health and safety of their infants.