Reckitt recalls Enfamil plant based formula over Cronobacter

The recalled formula was sold in stores nationwide.

About 145,000 cans of Enfamil infant formula are being recalled due to concerns about possible cross-contamination of Cronobacter, the bacteria responsible for last year’s major recall, and infant formula shortages.

Formula maker Reckitt announced the recall on Monday, saying two batches of Enfamil ProSobee plant-based infant formula had “the potential for cross-contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii.”

Reckitt said the recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution; both batches were negative for bacteria and no disease was reported.

“After a thorough investigation, we have identified a root cause related to third-party documentation,” the company said. “We have taken all appropriate corrective actions, including no longer sourcing this material from the supplier.”

Which formula has been recalled?

The Enfamil Prosobee recall specifically includes 12.9-ounce containers of the plant-based formula, manufactured between August and September of last year. The cans were sold in stores nationwide in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico.

If you have a can of formula, you can check the number on the bottom of the box to see if it’s part of the recall. The recalled lots have a ZL2HZF or ZL2HZZ code with a UPC code (under the bar code) of 300871214415. The expiry date for both recalled lots is March 1, 2024.

This formula is marketed as a dairy-free alternative for infants who are lactose intolerant or whose families follow special dietary guidelines.

What is Cronobacter?

Cronobacter can cause rare but potentially fatal infections in infants, the CDC says. It is found naturally in the environment and can live in dry foods such as infant formula.

Cronobacter can cause sepsis – a dangerous blood infection – or meningitis, a swelling of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Babies younger than 2 months old, born prematurely, or with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick.

The germ was the cause of the Abbott Nutrition recall early last year, which is the main cause of a nationwide shortage of infant formula. The Food and Drug Administration then came up with a preventive strategy to remove the bacteria from powdered formula. Reckitt recalls Enfamil plant based formula over Cronobacter

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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