Similac, Alimentum and EleCare Formula Recall

Published on: 03/08/2022

Nicklaus Children’s continues to monitor the infant formula recall affecting the nation. Our pediatricians want to remind the community that formula should always be store bought, never homemade, and should never be watered down. For the latest information, as well as resources for formula alternatives, please visit Healthy Children.

The recall of powdered infant formula applies to certain products, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan by Abbott. The recall is specific to certain lot numbers of these products, as shown below. 

The FDA is advising consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas if:

  • The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
  • The code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2; and
  • The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

In addition to products described above, Abbott Nutrition has recalled Similac PM 60/40 with a lot code of 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case). (This is a special formal for special needs children. Please check with your child’s specialist when seeking a substitution.) 

To confirm whether your product is part of the recall, please visit the Abbot Recall page or call (800) 986-8540.

If you have any of the recalled product, stop using it and return it for a refund to the store where it was purchased or return it to Abbot. Instructions for returning it to Abbot are available on the Abbot website

When to Contact Your Healthcare Provider 

  • Please contact your healthcare provider if your child consumed product that was recalled and is experiencing poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths, diarrhea or abnormal body movements. 
  • Please confirm any substitution products with your child’s pediatrician or pediatric specialist before feeding. 

Alternative Products That Can be Used

At this time, Nicklaus Children’s is not able to provide home products or alternatives due to scarce supplies. See the substitutions that can be made for the recalled products. Please be sure to check with your child’s pediatrician or pediatric specialist before making a substitution.  

Products Provided by WIC

The Florida Department of Health, through the Florida Women Infants Children (WIC) program, has identified WIC clients potentially impacted by the recall. For those clients who are impacted, the Florida WIC program is working with them and, if needed, their healthcare providers to replace the recalled powdered infant formula products with alternative ones. If you are an impacted Florida WIC client, do not use the recalled powdered infant formula and do not discard or throw it out. Any impacted Florida WIC client who needs more information on how to return recalled powdered infant formula for alternative replacements should contact their local WIC office. Contact information for local WIC offices can be found online here or by calling 1-(800) 342-3556.

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