A Gerber baby formula has been recalled. It might have the deadly cronobacter bacteria

For the third time in just over three months, baby formula has been recalled on fears of the same cronobacter sakazakii contamination that caused an ongoing baby formula shortage in 2022. And, this time, the brand name is perhaps the one connected most with baby food: Gerber.

Perrigo Company doesn’t say exactly what sparked the recall of 13 lots of Gerber Good Start SoothePro Powdered Infant Formula made in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, facility from Jan. 2 through Jan. 18. Perrigo says only that it was done in “an abundance of caution due to the potential presence” of cronobacter.

“Importantly, no distributed product has tested positive for the presence of this bacteria, no adverse events have been reported and no other products manufactured at this facility or any other of Perrigo’s facilities are affected by this recall,” the notice says.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cronobacter germ “can live in very dry places,” which is why it’s found in dry foods, such as powdered infant formula.

Cronobacter infections are often very serious for babies; they can die,” the CDC says. “Cronobacter infection can also be very serious for older people and people whose bodies have trouble fighting germs, like people with HIV, organ transplants, or cancer.”

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Gerber Good Start SoothePro Powdered Infant Formula
Gerber Good Start SoothePro Powdered Infant Formula

The recalled formula came in three different sizes. Here are their respective lot numbers and expiration dates.

For 12.4-ounce cans, lot Nos. 300357651Z and 04JUL2024; 300457651Z and 05JUL2024; 300557651Z and 06JUL2024; 300557652Z and 06JUL2024; 300757651Z and 08JUL2024; 300857651Z and 09JUL2024; 301057651Z and 11JUL2024; 301057652Z and 11JUL2024; and 301157651Z and 12JUL2024.

For 19.4-ounce cans, lot No. 301557652Z and 16JUL2024.

For 30.6-ounce cans, lot Nos. 301357652Z and 14JUL2024; 301457652Z and 15JUL2024; and 301557651Z and USE BY 16JUL2024.

You can return these cans to the store of purchase for a full refund. To request a refund or get questions answered, you can call Gerber at 800-777-7690, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.