Several batches of baby formula products are being recalled from local shelves after reports of contamination in the US.
The Health Ministry’s Chemistry Food and Drugs Division, in a release Sunday, said it has initiated a voluntary recall of specified batches of Similac, Alimentum and Elecare Powder Formula from Abbottt Nutrition, an international manufacturer of baby formulas.
“Although Trinidad and Tobago was not included in the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (USFDA) recall notification advisory, which lists the countries where the recalled products were imported, the Ministry of Health engaged the local distributor to conduct a reconciliation exercise (including physical stock check and review of importation invoices).”
“This was done in recognition of the complexity of the supply chain management for such items.
“Arising out of this exercise, the Ministry was informed today (20th February, 2022) that a limited quantity of the recalled items were identified in the local supply.
“Additionally, the local distributor has also received subsequent documentation from Abbott Nutrition today, which advises of the batch number of any of the recalled products which may have entered the domestic market.”
“As a result, the CFDD advises persons who may be in possession of any of the recalled formulas, with the batch numbers listed below, to discontinue use immediately and return the product to the point of purchase, where possible.”
The Ministry said the recall was initiated due to the receipt of four consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport ( in the United States of America) in infants who had consumed powder infant formula manufactured at the Sturgis, Michigan (USA) facility.
The Ministry said this is an active investigation which is currently being conducted by USFDA and CDC and, as such, not yet completed.
The Ministry added it should be noted that the local distributor has advised that “no products distributed have tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport and the actions taken as solely as a precautionary measure.”
Early symptoms of Cronobacter sakazakii infection may include, amongst others: Fever; Poor feeding; Irritability; Fatigue/lethargy.
If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above then you should notify your child’s healthcare provider and seek medical care for your child immediately.
Members of the public will be notified of any new critical information and may contact the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division at 868-623-5242 or [email protected] for further information, if required.