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Powdered Infant Formula Linked to Serious Illness or Death

Evidence linking powdered infant formula to serious illness and even death in newborns is not new.

In the past, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned of the risk from Enterobacter sakazakii (E. sakazakii) infections in hospitalized newborn infants fed powdered infant formulas. That warning followed the case of a newborn death from E. sakazakii, which was linked to a specific powdered infant formula, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to more recent data from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) website, there is more evidence of the link between infants who have been fed powdered infant formula contaminated with E. sakazakii and a diagnosis of:

  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Salmonella
  • Sepsis
  • Bacteraemia

These illnesses can often lead to brain damage or death. Infants most at risk for becoming infected are neonates (less than 28 days old), particularly pre-term or low birth weight and infants with weakened immune systems. Infants that are infected by E. sakazakii may show the following symptoms:

  • Poor feeding response
  • Irritability
  • Jaundice
  • Grunting respirations
  • Instability of body temperature.

If your infant has been diagnosed with Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis or Bacteraemia, or your infant has been infected with E. sakazakii, please contact us today for a free legal consultation.