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Gerber infant formula recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

March 20, 2023

Perrigo Company is voluntarily recalling some lots of Gerber Good Start SoothProTM powdered infant formula due to the potential presence of Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria.

The bacteria was linked to the company’s Eau Claire, Wis. manufacturing facility but has not been found in formula that has been distributed and no illnesses have been reported, according to an announcement from the Food and Drug Administration.

Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria can cause sepsis or meningitis. Symptoms include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths and abnormal movements. Cronobacter also may cause bowel damage. Parents and caregivers concerned about their child’s health after consuming formula should contact their health care provider.

Customers who purchased the affected formula after March 5, 2023 should look for the affected lot codes and use by dates on the bottom of the package. Recalled Gerber Good Start SootheProTM 12.4 ounce (oz.) products include:

  • lot 300357651Z, use by July 4, 2024;
  • lot 300457651Z, use by July 5, 2024;
  • lot 300557651Z, use by July 6, 2024;
  • lot 300557652Z, use by July 6, 2024;
  • lot 300757651Z, use by July 8, 2024
  • lot 300857651Z, use by July 9, 2024;
  • lot 301057651Z, use by July 11, 2024;
  • lot 301057652Z, use by July 11, 2024; and
  • lot 301157651Z, use by July 12, 2024.

Recalled Gerber Good Start SootheProTM 30.6 oz products include:

  • lot 301357652Z, use by July 14, 2024;
  • lot 301457652Z, use by July 15, 2024; and
  • lot 301557651Z, use by July 16, 2024.

The only lot of Gerber Good Start SootheProTM 19.4 oz. product being recalled is 301557652Z with a use by date of July 16, 2024. 

Customers can request refunds for impacted products by calling 800-777-7690.

Last year, an Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Mich. was shut down as the FDA investigated Cronobacter infections among several infants who had consumed that company’s formula. The closure and related recall came on top of supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving parents and caregivers struggling to find food for their infants. The AAP has several resources for families below.



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