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Abbott infant formula recall

Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd and Abbott US are conducting a precautionary recall of some EleCare, Similac and Alimentum infant formula products, due to the possible microbial contamination (Cronobacter and Salmonella), which may cause illness if consumed. These products are manufactured in Abbott’s Sturgis plant in the United States and are available through prescription at pharmacies, hospitals and via direct mail order. ​

Only products with specific codes and expiry dates are being recalled, which can be identified by the 7 to 9 digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package. Products are included in the recall if they have all of the following three items:

• First two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
• Code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
• Expiration date is 1 April 2022 (APR 2022) or later.​

If you are affected by this recall, you should change to a suitable alternative product as soon as possible. Alternative formula and milk products are listed on the ASCIA website:

For further information contact Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd  Customer Service Number 1800 225 311.

Information about the product recall is available on the FSANZ website:,-Similac-and-Alimentum-infant-formula-products.aspx


This news item was issued on 21 February 2022 by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), the peak professional body for clinical immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand.