The Ministry of Health withdraws products from infant formula because it contains bacteria contamination

The Ministry of Health and Community Protection decided to withdraw batches of "Similac Human Milk Fortifer Alimentum and EleCare" infant formula, due to the possibility of contamination with harmful bacteria

The Ministry of Health and Community Protection decided to withdraw batches of "Similac Human Milk Fortifer Alimentum and EleCare" infant formula, due to the possibility of contamination with harmful bacteria, and demanded that the manufacturer withdraw it from the markets and pharmacies to stop dispensing it.

In a circular addressed to all health facilities and primary health care practitioners, the Ministry stated that Abbott, the milk manufacturer, issued a voluntary, proactive withdrawal of a number of batches of the aforementioned infant formula, after receiving four complaints from consumers stating that the products might be contaminated with Salmonella and Chronobacter bacteria.

According to the ministry, the batches received in the complaints were manufactured at the Abbott Sturgis Nutrition factory, the facility located in Michigan that was inspected. The results and reports indicated the presence of environmental contamination with Cronobacter Sakazakii bacteria in the facility.

Accordingly, the affected products were destroyed and a precautionary withdrawal was issued for the relevant batches, while Abbott confirmed that the rest of its products were free of any contamination. bacteria, and the rest of the company's other products, or Smilac products distributed in the country, were not affected by this withdrawal.