What parents need to know about deadly bacteria found in formula and breast pumps

A new report from the CDC found two infants were recently infected by the bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii.

145,000 Cans of Enfamil ProSobee , Infant Formula Recalled.CNN reports that two batches of the company's plant-based formula have been recalled by one of its manufacturers, Reckitt.The formula was possibly cross-contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria.According to Reckitt, the cause “was linked to a material from a third party.”.The company has taken “all appropriate corrective actions, including no longer sourcing this material from the supplier.”.So far, product tests have come back negative for the bacteria and illnesses have not been reported. .The recalled 12.9-ounce cans have a use-by date of March 1, 2024.They also contain the codes ZL2HZF or ZL2HZZ.CNN reports that while Cronobacterinfections are rare, they can be fatal.The bacteria caused the recall of Abbott Nutrition formula in 2022 which contributed to a nationwide shortage. .The FDA says it's devising a plan to better detect Cronobacter in baby formula

A new report from the CDC is warning parents about the dangers of certain bacteria that have been found in breast pumps. At least two infants in the U.S. were infected by the bacteria Cronobacter sazkazakii. Although the bacteria is rare, it can lead to “severe and often fatal meningitis and sepsis in young infants.”

“One case was likely transmitted by powdered formula prepared in the home, and the other through expressed milk contaminated by breast pump equipment,” explained the report.

The CDC describes Cronobacter sakazakii as a germ that is found naturally in the environment. Cronobacter can live in dry foods, like powdered infant formula, powdered milk and herbal teas. It has also been found in contaminated feeding items like breast pump equipment.

Infants less than two months old have weakened immune systems, making them especially susceptible to bacterial infections. Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Fever and poor feeding
  • Excessive crying, or very low energy
  • Seizures

While Cronobacter sakazakii infections are most often found in infants, it can effect people of all ages, often via cuts and scrapes, or through the urinary tract.