The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has urged South African parents who may have purchased the Similac Alimentum 400G baby formula to stop using the product and return it to the point of sale for a full refund, citing several bacterial infections that were reported in American babies.
Acting Commissioner Thezi Mabuza says the supplier informed the Commission of the precautionary recall of Similac Alimentum in South Africa.
“The manufacturer, Abbott Laboratories-Nutrition informed the Commission of a voluntary recall following a global recall as announced by the supplier. We understand that this product is manufactured at their plant in Sturgin, MI, in the United States of America and was imported to South Africa and other countries. The supplier confirmed that the recall was prompted by consumers who reported that their infants presented some symptoms after ingesting the formula in the USA” said Commissioner Mabuza.
There are fears the formula could be contaminated with Salmonella and Cronobacter, the latter having possibly fatal consequences for infants.
SIMILAC ALIMENTUM BABY FORMULA RECALL: NO CASES REPORTED IN SA
For now, it seems there is no need to panic as no infections in babies have been reported in South Africa, so the Similac Alimentum 400G baby formula recall is merely a precautionary measure for now. Despite having only reported four cases in the United States (US), Abbott Laboratories says the presence of Cronobacter and Salmonella in an baby formula is a cause for concern
“As the Commission, we want to emphasise that while there are no cases reported in South Africa as yet, we urge consumers who might have bought this product not to feed their infants but to immediately return it to the point of purchase for a full refund,” Mabuza added.
The products affected by the baby formula have the batch numbers 27938z26 and 29284Z26, while the manufacturing dates are March and May 2021, with an expiration date of 1 April 2022, or after.
“Ingesting Salmonella may lead to diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps, while Cronobacter infection may also cause damage to the bowel system. We therefore encourage parents who have concerns that they might have fed their infants the product in question to seek medical attention. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides for safety of consumers at all times, and minors are regarded amongst the most vulnerable consumers. We appreciate the precautionary recall by the supplier, however producers/manufacturers are required to supply or distribute goods that are safe and of good quality to avoid these mishaps. The Commission is monitoring the recall based on its Recall Guidelines”
Acting Commissioner Thezi Mabuza