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Abbott Nutrition expands baby formula recall linked to multiple illnesses, possible deaths

Baby formula recall expanded 00:31

NEW YORK -- Abbott Nutrition is expanding its recall of baby formula to include some lots of Similac PM 60/40 Powdered Instant Formula.

This is part of a larger recall after products from the company's facility in Sturgis, Michigan, were linked to illnesses in babies.

The FDA says five infants had to be hospitalized due to reported bacterial infections. The agency says the infections "may have contributed to death in two patients."

In a statement Wednesday, Abbott said, "We want to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family. We value the trust parents place in us for high quality and safe nutrition and we'll do whatever it takes to keep that trust."

It continued:

"The cases are under investigation and at this time the cause of the infants' infections have not been determined. All infant formula products are tested for Cronobacter sakazakii, Salmonella and other pathogens and they must test negative before any product is released. In addition, retained samples related to the complaints for Cronobacter sakazakii tested negative for Cronobacter sakazakii. And the retained sample related to the complaint for Salmonella tested negative for Salmonella."

For more information from Abbott Nutrition, click here. For more information from the FDA, click here

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