WIC: Women, Infants, and Children Program

Abbott Formula Recall

Effective 2/18/2022

Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of powder formulas:

  • All Similac Total Comfort and Spit-Up, Alimentum, and Elecare (Infant and Jr) powders are affected
  • Some Similac Advance and Sensitive powders are affected
  • Recall does not include Isomil and Neosure
  • Recall does not include liquid formulas (ready-to-feed and concentrate)

Abbott is working quickly to resolve this issue and provide replacement formula.

To find Wisconsin WIC-approved formula substitutions, see our
Approved Substitutions (PDF)
Lista de sustituciones aprobadas por WIC de Wisconsin (PDF)

What Parents and Caregivers Should Do

Top of baby formula showing recall informationIdentify if your formula is affected by the recall. There is a multi-digit number on the bottom of the container:

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

Do not use the recalled formula.

Do not throw away formula cans.

Exchange the recalled formula at the store if unaffected product is available. Stores may be limiting the number of cans you can exchange. Stores may have removed all formula to sort out those affected by the recall and will replace soon.

If a replacement for recalled formula is not available at the store, do not leave the recalled formula at the store or discard it:

  • Contact your local WIC office
  • Complete the Similac recall process at www.similacrecall.com or call +1-800-986-8540
  • Use FoodShare or other means to purchase formula

Contact your physician if infant is experiencing any of the following symptoms: poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths, abnormal movements, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

If an infant or child becomes ill and has consumed formula that is part of the formula recall, the family can file a complaint with the Wisconsin Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Consumer Complaint Coordinator at 612-758-7221. An assessment of the individual situation will happen by phone to determine if the FDA will collect the formula from the family and test it. This is particularly critical if an infant or child has tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii or Salmonella Newport. For more information about what happens when you file a complaint, or to find a complaint coordinator in another state, visit the FDA website.

Parents and caregivers should never dilute infant formula and should not make or feed homemade infant formula to infants.

WIC is available for breastfeeding support. Contact your local WIC office.

If you have formula benefits available on your card, you may shop as normal for unaffected formula. Stores may be limiting the number of cans you can redeem at this time.

For information about breastfeeding support during this infant formula recall, visit the WIC Breastfeeding Support webpage.

 

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  • It lowers the number of babies born too early.
  • It lowers the number of babies born with low weight.
  • It lowers medical costs over time.

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Last Revised: May 13, 2022