Reckitt, a British consumer goods company, has announced the recall of two batches of its plant-based infant formula, ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula in 12.9 oz containers, over concerns of cross-contamination with the bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii. The product was manufactured between August 2022 and September 2022 and distributed through retail stores nationwide in the US, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Consumers who purchased the product are advised to check the bottom of the can for the batch number and dispose of or return the product for a full refund if the batch code is ZLZHZF or ZLZHZZ, with a UPC code of 300871214415 and a "Use By Date" of "1 Mar 2024."
Reckitt's recall comes after a similar incident last year when contamination concerns at Abbott's plant prompted a voluntary shutdown and recall of its infant formula, which led to the death of two infants. However, Abbott maintains that there is no conclusive evidence linking its formula to infant illnesses.
The company stated that all of the distributed formulas underwent testing and came back negative for Cronobacter sakazakii. No illnesses related to the formula have been reported. The source of the potential contamination was traced back to material from a third party, and Reckitt has taken steps to no longer source this material from the supplier.
Reckitt said in a statement, "We are committed to the highest level of quality and safety, and it is for this reason that we have taken this extraordinary measure." The company added, "The health and safety of infants is our highest priority, and all of our products undergo rigorous and industry-leading quality tests and checks to ensure that they meet or exceed all standards set by regulatory bodies, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."
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