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Qatar recalls three Similac formula products after contamination reports-Doha News

The recall came shortly after some reports of fatal illness among babies abroad who used the product.

Qatar authorities Following reports of possible contamination and sudden infant death in the United States, infant formulas have been removed from the shelves of all supermarkets in the country.

Similac Human Milk Fortifier, Elecare, and Elecare JR will not be available on the market after the Ministry of Public Health reports that some batches may be contaminated with Salmonella and Cronobacter.

Such bacteria can cause fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, blood pressure, and urinary tract infections in people of all ages.

Owned by Abbott, one of the largest infant formula manufacturers in the United States, and widely used throughout the region, potential contamination poses a threat to thousands of families around the world. It has become.

Therefore, Doha authorities warn all parents to avoid using these products until further notice to ensure the safety of their children.

Global recall

This measure was taken shortly after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against the use of these products produced at the Michigan plant.

The warning came shortly after the administration received four reports last week for infants hospitalized in the United States after consuming prescriptions. The report is currently under investigation.

“All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter In some cases it may have contributed to death. The FDA statement..

The administration also said that one of the cases was related to Salmonella and the other three suffered from Cronobacter sakazakiim, a bacterium that can cause some life-threatening blood problems.

“Because this is the product used as the only source of nutrition for many newborns and infants in our country, the FDA is deeply concerned about reporting these bacterial infections,” said the FDA Food Policy and Response Deputy. Director Frank Iannas said.

“We reassure the public that we are working with our partners to investigate complaints related to these products, including infant formula produced at this facility, to reassure this safety. We strive to resolve your concerns as quickly as possible. “

The company said in a statement that the infected prescription was distributed in the United States and abroad.

Upon receiving the news, the provinces of the Gulf countries immediately withdrew and blocked the sale of all products and introduced some samples for testing for laboratory analysis.

Similar imported products have been banned from the market to avoid health threats.

However, the ministry said the suspicious product, by its very nature, was used only in a limited market.

Similarly, other countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, are recalling products for their markets.

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What to check

The company states that the affected products include a manufacturing date of November 1, 2020 and an expiration date after April 1, 2022.

Parents can identify the recalled formula by looking at the number at the bottom of each container. If your product contains numbers starting with 22-37, or K8, SH, or Z2 numbers, they cannot be used safely.

Here’s what to look for:

  • The first two digits of the code are 22-37.
  • The container code contains K8, SH, or Z2.
  • The expiration date is after 4-1-2022 (APR 2022).

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