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ByHeart is recalling 5 batches of its ByHeart Infant Formula because it may be contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii, a rare bacterium that causes a potentially fatal infection of the bloodstream and central nervous system.
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What’s the Problem?

The recalled product is ByHeart Whole Nutrition Infant Formula, Milk Based Powder with Iron for 0-12 Months in 24 oz containers, according to a Recall Notice [1] issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine),” FDA said. “Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and abnormal movements. Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.”

The recalled ByHeart Infant Formula was distributed to consumers in the United States, and can be identified by the number on the bottom of the can. Recalled product batches are 22273 C1, 22276 C1, 22277 C1, 22278 C1, and 22280 C1 printed with use by 01 JAN 24 or 01JUL 24.

This recall was initiated after one test sample collected from ByHeart’s third-party packaging facility tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii.

If you purchased any baby formula that is affected by this recall, you should discard it immediately or return it to the point of purchase for a refund.

If your baby is experiencing any symptoms of Cronobacter infection, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately or dial 9-1-1.

This recall began on December 11, 2022.

Understanding Your Baby’s Risk of Cronobacter Infection

Cronobacter infections are rare, but they can be potentially deadly in babies. These illnesses typically occur within the first few weeks of life. Usually, fewer than 5 cases of Cronobacter infections are reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year, but this figure may not reflect the actual number of illnesses because most hospitals are not required to report Cronobacter infections to health departments.

If left untreated, a Cronobacter infection can lead to a dangerous blood infection known as sepsis. The illness can also make the linings surrounding the brain and spinal cord swell (meningitis).

Babies who are most likely to develop a Cronobacter infection include:

  • Infants younger than 2 months. These babies are most likely to develop meningitis as a complication of Cronobacter.
  • Premature infants.
  • Infants with compromised immune systems. Babies with this condition can’t fight germs as well because of illness or medical treatment, such as chemotherapy for cancer.

Cronobacter illness in babies typically begins with a fever and poor feeding, excessive crying, or very low energy. Some infants may also have seizures. You should take an infant with these symptoms to a physician immediately.

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