Fargo Baby Formula Recall Case Lawyers
Protecting The Rights Of Consumers In North Dakota
The North Dakota Department of Health issued an advisory on Feb. 18, 2022, warning parents that their powdered infant formula had been recalled. At least four infants have been hospitalized, and three
of them are suffering from cronobacter sakazakii bacterial infections and salmonella.
Solberg Stewart Miller has been helping clients hold companies responsible for their actions since 1966, and we believe that as parents and consumers, you deserve support from an experienced and compassionate legal team. Our attorneys have experience handling a variety of mass tort and class action lawsuits in Fargo and the surrounding areas. If your child has been diagnosed with a cronobacter sakazakii bacterial infection, may have a claim against Abbott Nutrition.
Cronobacter Sakazakii Bacteria
Cronobacter is a multi-species complex of bacteria that can be found in dry foods like infant formula, herbal teas, and starches. While illnesses are rare, newborns are especially susceptible to infection, which can be fatal.
Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria may cause different kinds of infections and symptoms depending on the age and health status of the patient. In infants, cronobacter bacteria cause sepsis or severe meningitis. Sometimes these infections cause seizures, brain abscesses, hydrocephalus, or other serious conditions that may cause long-term neurological damage.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that at least two to four infections occur per year, but reporting is not required in every state. A national survey found that infections may occur within one in every 100,000 infants younger than 1 year. Higher infection rates occur among low-birth and premature infants.
How Does Infant Formula Become Contaminated?
Powdered baby formula is not sterile, which means it may contain contaminates from dust particles to dangerous bacteria. Currently, no manufacturing methods exist to make infant formula sterile.
Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria may enter the formula powder if contaminated raw materials are used to create it or if it comes in contact with a contaminated surface during the manufacturing process. For example, the infant formula container makes contact with a contaminated surface and contaminates it once it is poured into the container.
The Abbott Nutrition Recall
Abbott Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall on all infant formula brands, including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. The recall comes after four infants were hospitalized with cronobacter sakazakii bacterial infections, and one infant died. Doctors linked the infections to formula products from Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan plant.
The FDA urges parents to check if their formula could be affected by the recall. All products with a code beginning in numbers between 22-37 and containing K8, SH, or Z2 with an April 1, 2022, expiration date are a part of the recall. Parents with these products should stop using them immediately and contact their health care provider as soon as possible.
Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent worse symptoms from occurring. Premature babies and newborns are at high risk for sepsis and other serious neurological conditions which may cause death or permanent internal damage.
Take Action And Protect Your Family
If you believe your child has come in contact with products containing cronobacter sakazakii bacteria, you may have a legal claim. Our experienced mass tort and class action lawyers at Solberg Stewart Miller can investigate your claim and provide legal guidance related to your unique situation.
We have helped clients recover over $100 million throughout our 50 years in practice. When you hire Solberg Stewart Miller, you do not pay us unless we win your case. Our attorneys are not afraid to hold companies responsible for causing harm, and we do not back down from serious cases.
Schedule an appointment with our Fargo infant formula recall case lawyers today for more information.
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