Baby Formula Recall Expands Following Second Infant Death

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    The Facts

    • The recall of some Abbott Nutrition products is expanding to include one lot of Similac PM 60/40 after another infant died who tested positive for the bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii.

    • US health officials had already warned parents to avoid powdered infant formulas manufactured at an Abbott plant in Michigan due to links with bacterial contamination.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Abbott has taken the precautionary step of urgently recalling batches of their formula. Information about what products should be returned is easily accessible and the company is acting to rapidly resolve the situation to avoid further harm.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Despite claims that it routinely tests for a range of pathogens, product samples tested positive for bacteria in the FDA's on-site inspection of Abbott's plant. Inspectors uncovered potential manufacturing problems as well as a history of destroying products due to bacterial contamination.


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