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Infant formula recalled over salmonella infection concerns

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has urged South Africans in possession of Similac Alimentum 400G Infant Formula to immediately discontinue use of the product and return it to the place where it was purchased for a full refund.

This after the supplier notified the committee of the preventive recall of Similac Alimentum in South Africa, acting commissioner Thezi Mabuza said on Tuesday.

“We know that parents depend on us to provide them with the highest quality nutritional formulas,” Joe Manning, executive vice president, nutrition products, Abbott said in a statement. statement last week.

“We are taking this action so parents know they can trust us to meet our high standards, and theirs. We deeply regret the concern and inconvenience this situation will cause for parents, carers and healthcare professionals.”

According to Mabuza, the product is manufactured at their facility in Sturgin, MI, in the United States of America and imported to South Africa and other countries.

The supplier confirmed to the committee that the recall was prompted by consumers who reported that their babies showed some symptoms after ingesting the formula in the US.

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According to Abbott Laboratories, only four cases have been reported in the US, but the presence of Cronobacter and Salmonella in infant formula is of concern.

“As the Commission, we would like to emphasize that although no cases have been reported in South Africa yet, we urge consumers who may have purchased this product not to feed their babies, but to return them immediately to the point of sale for a full refund,” said Mabuza.

Consumers are urged to return the Similac Alimentum 400g Infant Formula, batch number 27938z26, produced on March 26, 2021, with the expiration date April 01, 2023.

“Ingestion of Salmonella can lead to diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps, while a Cronobacter infection can also cause damage to the gut. Therefore, we encourage parents concerned that they have fed their babies the product in question to seek medical attention. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) ensures consumer safety at all times and minors are considered one of the most vulnerable consumers. We appreciate the precautionary recall by the supplier, but producers/manufacturers are obliged to supply or distribute goods that are safe and of good quality to prevent these accidents. The Commission is following the recall based on its recall guidelines,” said Mabuza.

Curated by Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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