Recently, America has suffered a formula shortage. Multiple different department stores are sporting bare shelves in the baby section. Now, the industry is facing another challenge with a product recall.
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Proceeding With Caution
Reckitt, the parent company behind Enfamil ProSobee, a plant-based formula, is asking its customers to return the cans they purchased. They are citing a bacterial contamination as the issue. Nearly 145,000 cans could possibly be affected.
The company is expressing an “abundance of caution” with the recall. They believe the formula cans have come in contact with a germ called Cronobacter sakazakii. The CDC states that infants becoming infected with this germ can be fatal. It occurs naturally in the environment, but with a child’s weaker immune system, it affects them differently.
The specific cans were made between August and September 2022. They were distributed in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Each of the cans comes with a Universal Product Code of 300871214415. The cans have an expiration date of March 1, 2023.
Reckitt has released a few statements regarding the incident. The contamination “was linked to a material from a third party” and their company has “taken all appropriate corrective actions, including no longer sourcing this material from the supplier.”
Lack Of Sustenance
Supply chain issues have been cited as the main source of the formula shortage. Since the tragic death of millions of service workers across several industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of bodies has put several delays on shipments and supplies.
The price of formula has significantly increased as scarcity rises. In addition to supply chain issues, another recall was cited as an issue as well. Abbott Nutrition recalled some of its products due to sanitation and contamination issues.
Consumers are eagerly anticipating a resolution to these current shortages.