Crecelac and Farmalac Infant Formula Recalled Over Bacterial Contamination

Crecelac Infant Powdered Goat-Milk Infant Formula, Farmalac Baby Powdered Infant Formula Recalled Due To Bacterial Contamination With Cronobacter

Crecelac Goat Milk Infant Formula Recalled Over Bacterial Contamination

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (June 28, 2024) – Crecelac and Farmalac branded powdered infant formulas have been recalled over concerns they could be contaminated with Cronobacter.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting parents of the safety concerns with the infant formulas. There are three products in particular that were part of the recall.

  • CRECELAC INFANT Powdered Goat-Milk Infant Formula with Iron 0 to 12 months – Net Wt. 12.4 oz (352g)
  • Farmalac BABY Powdered Infant Formula with Iron 0 to 12 months Net Wt. 12.4 oz (352g)
  • Farmalac BABY Powdered Infant Formula with Iron Low Lactose 0 to 12 months Net Wt. 12.4 oz (352g)

The formulas are sold in some retail stores in Texas and at additional locations throughout the United States. FDA officials found evidence of the bacteria Cronobacter in the formulas.

According to the FDA, “Cronobacter is a bacterium that can cause bloodstream and central nervous system infections, such as sepsis and meningitis, respectively. Complications from Cronobacter infection in infants can include brain abscess, developmental delays, motor impairments, and death.”

There are several symptoms of Cronobacter infections in infants that parents should look out for. This includes temperature changes, jaundice, irritability, and poor feeding.

Liability For Injuries Caused By Contaminated Baby Formula

There have been several instances where baby formulas have become contaminated over the years. This has resulted in numerous injuries and even a few deaths. According to CBS News, “Powdered baby formula may be linked to at least five infant illnesses, including possibly two deaths, the Food and Drug Administration warned earlier this week. But there may be more cases than have been reported, CBS News has learned.” There are several factors that have contributed to instances of baby formula contamination.

  • Poor Sanitation: The creation of baby formulas at scale requires the use of large machinery. When these machines are not properly sanitized or handled, this can lead to contamination.
  • Raw Milk Contamination: The milk and other ingredients used to make baby formula can be contaminated even before the manufacturing process begins.
  • Packaging Issues: Baby formulas can be contaminated if packaging materials are not sterile. Contamination may also occur if the packaging environment is not properly controlled.
  • Supply Chain Issues: The creation of baby formula requires that numerous materials be transported to manufacturing plants. Poor transportation conditions or improper storage may lead to contamination.

There could be numerous sources of liability after any instance of baby formula contamination. For example, the company that manufactured the baby formula could be responsible. Companies that create food products have a legal obligation to ensure that they are reasonably safe. If a baby formula manufacturer fails to adhere to safety guidelines set forth by the FDA, this could form the basis of a civil claim. Infants impacted by baby formula contamination can suffer from a wide variety of different injuries.

  • Bacterial infections
  • Meningitis
  • Sepsis
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Respiratory infections
  • Neurological damage

It can be hard to know where to begin if your infant has become seriously ill after drinking contaminated baby formula. The resulting infections can lead to lifelong health issues that impair your child’s development.  To make matters worse, baby formula manufacturers will do everything in their power to deny responsibility if their product injures a child. This is why it is so important to seek legal advice early on. A product liability attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Getting Legal Help For Injuries Caused By Contaminated Baby Formula

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates were deeply concerned to hear about the contamination with the Crecelac and Farmalac branded powdered infant formulas. There needs to be a thorough investigation into how the contamination took place. Steps need to be taken to prevent similar incidents down the road.

Has your child been injured after consuming Crecelac or Farmalac branded powdered infant formulas? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to holding baby formula manufacturers accountable for their negligent actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.