North Carolina

Gerber baby formula recalled due to bacteria

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is warning families about certain infant formulas that have been recalled by Perrigo for potentially containing bacteria that can cause illness in infants.

On Friday, Perrigo issued a recall of certain lots of Gerber Good Start SoothePro powdered infant formula out of caution due to the potential presence of Cronobacter bacteria. The recalled product was manufactured at Perrigo’s Gateway Eau Claire, Wisconsin facility. These bacteria can cause diarrhea and urinary tract infections in people of all ages and can be very serious in infants.

The first symptoms of Cronobacter infection in infants are usually a fever, accompanied by poor feeding, excessive crying, or very low energy. If your child experiences these symptoms, you should tell your child’s doctor and seek medical attention for your child immediately.

Perrigo’s announcement on Friday said no products distributed have tested positive for the bacteria and no adverse events have been reported. No infections related to this recall have been identified in North Carolina at this time.

Consumers who purchased the product after March 5 should check their formula’s lot codes and expiration dates, which can be found at the bottom of the package. No other lot codes are affected by this recall. All consumers who purchased this product with matching codes should stop using it and return the product to the store for replacement.

Gerber® Good Start® SoothePro™ 12.4oz:

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® SoothePro™ 30.6oz:

301357652Z – FOR USE BY JUL 14, 2024 301457652Z – FOR USE BY JUL 15, 2024 301557651Z – FOR USE BY JUL 16, 2024

Gerber® Good Start® SoothePro™ 19.4oz:

301557652Z – FOR USE BY 16JUL2024

If your product is affected by the recall, do not use it. Use another product, such as another standard formula or breast milk, for your baby and talk to your pediatrician or healthcare provider about any concerns you may have.

Parents and caregivers may also contact the Gerber Parent Resource Center at 1-800-777-7690 to learn more and request reimbursement for affected products.

If you participate in North Carolina’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), do not use the recalled infant formula. Families with recalled products may return the product to the local WIC office or place of purchase. Contact details for local WIC agencies are available here. Consumers can continue to use any products that are not part of the recall notice.


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