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At Big Y, our goal is to exceed our customers' evolving expectations by constantly seeking better ways to create and deliver World Class service and value. This makes food safety a priority for us. We maintain the highest standards of performance in all areas of our World Class Markets especially when it comes to the well-being of our community.

Similac and Alimentum and Elecare Powder Formula Recall

February 18, 2022


Abbott is initiating a recall of powder formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, Mich., one of the company's manufacturing facilities.  Abbott is recalling these products after four consumer complaints related to Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport in infants who had consumed powder infant formula manufactured in this facility.

The recall does not include any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.

Additionally, as part of Abbott's quality processes, we conduct routine testing for Cronobacter sakazakii and other pathogens in our manufacturing facilities. During testing in our Sturgis, Mich., facility, we found evidence of Cronobacter sakazakii in the plant in non-product contact areas. We found no evidence of Salmonella Newport. This investigation is ongoing.

Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis 

If you have any of the products listed below, they should be thrown away or returned to your local Big Y for a full refund.  All participants in WIC are directed to contact their local WIC office for assistance with returning and/or replacing any product.

The following products are sold at Big Y:

Product Name  UPC Size Lot Code/Sell-by Date
Similac for Spit-up Infant Formula w/ Iron 70074-50960 12 oz (1) the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and(2) the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and(3) the expiration date is April 2022 or later.
Similac Advance Powder 70074-55958 12.4 oz
Similac Soy Isomil Powder Formula w/ Iron 70074-55964 12.4 oz
Elecare Junior Vanilla 70074-56586 13.1 oz
Similac Neosure Infant Formula w/ Iron 70074-57431 13.1 oz
Similac Sensitive Powder w/ Iron 70074-57541 12 oz
Similac Total Comfort Powder w/ Iron 70074-62600 12.6 oz
Similac Sensitive Powder w/ Iron 70074-62952 29.8 oz
Similac Alimentum Powder w/ Iron 70074-64712 12.1 oz
Similac Alimentum Powder w/ Iron Value Size 70074-64718 19.8 oz
Similac Sensitive Infant Formula w/ Iron 70074-68083 20.1 oz
Similac Advance Infant Formula w/ Iron 70074-68085 20.6 oz
Similac Pro Advance Infant Formula Powder w/ Iron 70074-68089 20.6 oz

Consumers with questions may contact Abbott at 1-800-986-8540.

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FDA's Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Page - http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Current Recalls and Alerts - http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp