Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Three Brands of Powdered Infant Formula Due to Possible Cronobacter Contamination – Similac, Alimentum and EleCare Infant Formulas Part of Recall

(RICHMOND, VA.) – Abbott, the infant formula manufacturer that is provided through Virginia Women, Infants and Children (WIC), announced a proactive, voluntary recall of some powdered Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare infant formulas manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan. Virginia WIC is working to make all participating families aware of the disruption.

The powdered formula products included in this recall have the expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later and are: 12.6 oz Similac Total Comfort, 12.5 oz Similac for Spit Up, all EleCare Infant and Junior, and all Similac Alimentum. The powdered formula products that might be included in this recall are: 12.5 oz Similac Sensitive and 12.4 oz Similac Advance.

This recall does NOT include Similac Isomil, Similac Neosure, and all concentrate or ready-to-feed formulas.

Do not use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas if they meet all three of these conditions:

  1. Check the lot number and expiration date on the bottom of the can to determine if the 12.5 oz Similac Sensitive or 12.4 oz Similac Advance cans are included in this recall/. The first two digits of the included lot numbers are 22 through 37.
  2. The code on the container will contain K8, SH, or Z2.
  3. The expiration or use-by date will be April 1, 2022 or later.

If the formula container does not include all three of these conditions, then it is not affected by the recall and is safe to continue using. To check if the lot number is included in the recall, go to

If a WIC participant’s product is affected by the recall, it should not be used. Participants should return the product to their local grocery store. If they are unable, then they should call their WIC local agency for assistance.

More information about the recall can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Virginia WIC reminds parents and caregivers that infant formula should never be diluted. Never give homemade formula to infants.

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