Spain – Alert for possible presence of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport in special infant milks from the United States


The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition has informed the Autonomous Communities through the Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Information (SCIRI) of an alert notification sent by the health authorities of the Autonomous Community of Madrid regarding the possible presence of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport in two special infant milks.

This information has been transferred to the contact point of the Community of Madrid by the company ABBOTT LABORATORIES SA, which has proceeded to the voluntary withdrawal of two special infant milks, manufactured at the Sturgis Michigan plant (USA), after having received four consumer complaints in the US related to Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport in infants who had consumed special infant formula made at this plant.

The information included is the result of the company’s own self-control, which has reported the incident to the competent authorities, in compliance with the legislation and in order not to make unsafe food available to the public.

The products and batches subject to withdrawal are:

  • SIMILAC FOOD 400g: lots:
    • 25659Z261 (expiration 01 2023)
    • 28123Z261 (expiration 04 2023)
    • 30283Z262 (expiration 06 2023)
    • 31410Z204 (expiration 07 2023)
    • 33688Z201 (expiration 09 2023)
  • SIMILAC ELECARE 400g: lots:
    • 25557Z203 (expiration 07 2022)
    • 30374Z202 (expiration 12 2022)

According to the information available, the distribution has been exclusively through pharmacy channel and hospitals of all the autonomous communities.

The company reports that it has contacted the distribution warehouses, hospitals, health centers and pharmacy services of the hospitals that purchase these products to slow down their distribution and proceed with the return of the units that are still in stock.

With the information available , there is NO evidence in Spain of any reported cases associated with this alert.

People who have products affected by this alert at home are advised to refrain from consuming them and return them to the point of purchase.

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