Shoppers Drug Mart is recalling certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products due to a possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella contamination.

There have been reported illnesses in the United States associated with the products. However, the Government of Canada states there have been no reported illnesses in Canada regarding the consumption of the products.

The products were previously recalled on February 17, 2022, and some units were sold in error online. 

The Government of Canada issued a release regarding the recall, stating:

  • If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor
  • Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home or establishment
  • Do not consume the recalled products
  • Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased

The release states that food contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. The government release stated although it is not commonly linked to human illness, in rare cases, it can cause serious or even fatal infections. Cronobacter sakazakii can cause rare bloodstream and central nervous system infections and has been associated with severe intestinal infection (necrotizing enterocolitis) and blood poisoning (sepsis), especially in newborns.

Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which could lead to the recall of other products.