Baby formula recalled after a germ at risk of causing “sepsis or meningitis” in young children was found inside - more than 675,000 cans could be affected

Two types of baby formula are being recalled and it's thought more than 675,000 cans could be affected.

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Two types of baby formula are feared to contain a germ that has a risk of causing "sepsis or meningitis" in young children, as more than 675,000 cans are recalled.

First, there were baby formula shortages and then the rising cost of living meant that some families were looking for how to get free baby formula to be able to feed their babies. Now whether you bottle feed your baby, or know someone who does, you might want to pay attention to an important product safety recall notice that has been issued.

Certain batches of baby formula have tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii - a germ normally found naturally in the environment and can live in dry foods such as powdered infant formula, powdered milk, herbal teas and starches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As a result, manufacturers Reckitt have taken the precautionary step of recalling Nutramigen LGG stage 1 and stage 2 Hypoallergenic Formula powders because of the possible presence of Cronobacter sakazakii. "Both products are foods used for special medical purposes for infants. The products are mainly prescribed but are also available without a prescription" the Food Standards Agency (FSA) warns.

The risks associated with the Cronobacter sakazakii germ include fever and diarrhoea, and in severe cases may lead to sepsis or meningitis which include symptoms in infants including poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes) and abnormal breaths and movements.

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection and happens when your immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage your body's own tissues and organs. Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around your brain and spinal cord and can be very serious if not treated quickly, states the NHS website.

Families who use baby formula to feed their young children are being advised on what to do...

Which baby formula is being recalled?

  • Batch code ZL3F7D - Nutramigen LGG Stage 1,400g - Expiry date 1st July 2025
  • Batch code ZL3FAA - Nutramigen LGG Stage 2,400g - Expiry date 1st July 2025
  • Batch code ZL3FDM - Nutramigen LGG Stage 2,400g - Expiry date 1st July 2025

The formula's manufacturers issued the following statement, "At Reckitt, we are committed to the highest level of quality and safety, and the health and safety of infants is our highest priority. As a precaution, we are recalling the batches of the Nutramigen LGG Stage 1 and Stage 2 set out in this notice due to an isolated overseas sample of the product testing positive for Cronobacter sakazakii, whilst we continue to conduct a thorough investigation. In the meantime please do not use the batches of the products below and return them to the pharmacy that dispensed them to you."

The products being recalled are:

Nutramigen LGG Stage 1 and stage 2 baby formula packaging recalled by Reckitt

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batch codes of the Nutramigen LGG Stage 1 and stage 2 baby formula recalled

(Image credit: Food Standards Agency)

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific actions to be taken on behalf of consumers.

Parents have welcomed the warning, one tweeted on the X platform, "Yikes! Definitely not the kind of "bacterial contamination" we want in baby formula. Thanks for the heads up, always good to stay informed!"

And another asked, "Why aren’t the standards for baby formula much higher???"

A third user added, "What's happening with quality control of food products, especially baby formula...Where is it made?"

The FSA added, "If you have purchased or been prescribed any of the above product batches, do not feed it to your baby and return to the place of purchase. If you have additional questions, please get in touch with Reckitt on 01895 230575. If you have any concerns about the health of your baby, please seek medical advice."

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Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)