Recall alert: Gerber Good Start formula voluntarily recalled after possible bacteria contamination

Perrigo issued a voluntary recall of some of its Gerber baby formula due to a possible bacteria contamination.

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According to a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Perrigo, the parent company of Gerber, issued a voluntary recall for a limited amount of Gerber® Good Start® SootheProTM powdered infant formula for a possible bacteria contamination.

The company said that none of the products that were distributed had tested positive for the bacteria and that no issues have been reported. The recall has been done “out of an abundance of caution,” the company said. The formula was reportedly made between Jan. 2 and Jan. 18 of 2023. The formula was manufactured at its Eau Claire, Wisconsin facility.

Perrigo said that the recall was due to a possible presence of Cronobacter sakazakii. Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacteria that for more people there are no symptoms. However, premature infants or infants under the age of 2 months or infants with a weakened immune system can experience some serious symptoms. Cronobacter sakazakii is a commonly found bacteria in the environment.

“For over 130 years, Perrigo has been committed to meeting the needs of consumers—and the quality and safety of our products is our highest priority. We have numerous regulatory-approved procedures throughout the manufacturing process to control for Cronobacter sakazakii. Every batch of infant formula is tested to make certain it meets stringent nutritional, safety, quality, and regulatory requirements. As part of our rigorous protocols to protect the safety of families and infants, we are proactively taking this action,” said Perrigo in the news release.

Gerber Good Start SootheProTM powdered infant formula was sold at retailers across the country after March 5, 2023. Perrigo recommends if you have purchased the product with any of the below matching codes found at the bottom of the package stop using it and throw it out. Refunds can be requested by calling the Gerber Parent Resource Center at 1-800-777-7690 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Here are the products that are part of the voluntary recall, according to the news release:

Gerber® Good Start® SootheProTM 12.4 oz:

300357651Z – USE BY 04JUL2024

300457651Z – USE BY 05JUL2024

300557651Z – USE BY 06JUL2024

300557652Z – USE BY 06JUL2024

300757651Z – USE BY 08JUL2024

300857651Z – USE BY 09JUL2024

301057651Z – USE BY 11JUL2024

301057652Z – USE BY 11JUL2024

301157651Z – USE BY 12JUL2024

Gerber® Good Start® SootheProTM 30.6 oz:

301357652Z – USE BY 14JUL2024

301457652Z – USE BY 15JUL2024

301557651Z – USE BY 16JUL2024

Gerber Good® Start® SootheProTM 19.4 oz:

301557652Z – USE BY 16JUL2024I

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