WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — U.S. health officials warned parents to avoid powdered infant formula sold by a Texas dairy producer because a dangerous bacteria was found in one of the company’s products. 

The Food and Drug Administration issued the alert Friday on Crecelac Infant Powdered Goat Milk Infant Formula, after a sample collected from a Texas store tested positive for cronobacter, which can cause deadly infections in babies. The same bacteria sparked recalls and shortages of infant formula in 2022 after it was detected at a major U.S. formula factory.

The Crecelac formula was imported and distributed by Dairy Manufacturers Inc., of Prosper, Texas, according to the FDA.

The infant formulas "are being sold at some retail stores in Texas and, possibly, additional locations in the U.S.," the FDA said.

Last week, the company voluntarily recalled the Crecelac formula and another brand, Farmalac, because they had not received approval from the FDA for sale in the U.S. Infant formula distributors are required to submit data to FDA regulators showing their products meet U.S. food and nutritional standards.

The FDA said testing of the Farmalac product did not detect cronobacter, but parents and caregivers should still avoid using the formula.

Cronobacter can cause blood infections and other serious complications in infants, including meningitis and nervous system injuries. The bacteria are found naturally in the environment and also can make their way into infant formula after packages are opened.

The three recalled brands are: 

  • CRECELAC INFANT Powdered Goat Milk Infant Formula with Iron 0 to 12 months - Net Wt. 12.4 oz (352g)
  • Farmalac BABY Powdered Infant Formula with Iron 0 to 12 months Net Wt. 12.4 oz (352g)
  • Farmalac BABY Powdered Infant Formula with Iron Low Lactose 0 to 12 months Net Wt. 12.4 oz (352g)

In 2022, FDA investigators shutdown an Abbott formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan, after inspections sparked by four infant illnesses linked to cronobacter, including two deaths, showed widespread contamination at the site.

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