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In this post, I have shared all baby formula recalls in 2022, 2021, 2020, and going 10 years back. You’ll learn about all formula brands that have been recalled and the reasons behind the recalls.

Why Would Baby Formula Get Recalled?

The most common reason for baby formula recalls is contamination. The formula may become contaminated during the packaging process, especially if the equipment isn’t properly cleaned between batches. Also, some formulas are recalled because they contain more of certain nutrients than claimed on the label (which can result in overdose). Some things that might increase nutrient levels include inaccurate mixing instructions and too much time on the shelf.

When a baby formula is recalled, it can be taken off store shelves and online retailers. This way, you’ll know to avoid purchasing the product. However, if your baby falls ill or gets hurt after using a recalled formula, it’s important to see a doctor right away because you could be dealing with a more serious health problem.

What Companies Have Recalled Baby Formula?

The following list includes many of the baby formula brands and products that have been recalled in recent years:

  • Mother’s Milk Plus (2008, 2016)
  • Similac (2009, 2010, 2012-2016)
  • Enfamil (2010-2014) Parent’s Choice
  • (2011, 2013) Gerber Good Start
  • (2012-2016) Nestle (2015, 2018)
  • Pedialyte (2018) Earth’s Best Organic Baby Formula (2019)

Baby formula has been recalled for contaminants like mold and bacteria, nut contamination, and incorrect nutrient levels. Even mainstream brands like Similac have had recalls.

Most of the time, recalls are voluntary, meaning that the company decides to remove the product instead of waiting for government intervention. That’s why it’s important to keep your baby safe by knowing what brands have had baby formula recalls in recent years.

Does US regulate baby formula?

Yes. In the United States, baby formula is regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The FDA sets standards for how nutrients are labeled on the packaging.

For example, every serving of infant formula must have these quantities:

• 13-15 grams of protein

• 5-8 grams of fiber

• Iron 8-10 mg

• Calcium 30-40 mg

In Canada, the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) also regulates formulas. You can search for recalled baby formulas by brand name on this list.

What do I do if my baby formula gets recalled?

Keep a close eye on your email and mail in the event of a product recall. You may even want to sign up for alerts from your baby formula brand of choice.

Also, make sure to check the following:

• Look at the “Best By” date and UPC code (if applicable)

• Check that seals and lids are intact

• If you suspect that a product has been recalled, call the company’s hotline for additional information.

How can I prevent my baby from getting sick?

You can’t always prevent your baby from getting sick, but you may be able to reduce the risk by following these guidelines:

1) Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing formula or giving it to your baby.

2) Always use clean bottles and nipples.

3) Warm formula to the right temperature (about body temperature), as hot or cold milk can cause digestive problems for your baby.

4) Clean feeding utensils with soap and water after each use. You can also put them in boiling water for 2-5 minutes before using again.

5) Keep formula in the refrigerator until ready to use. It should be used within 24 hours of opening, and immediately thrown out after feedings (don’t save it for another time).

6) If you feed your baby stored breast milk instead of formula, make sure it’s been properly stored in a freezer or refrigerator.

7) Always check the expiration date on formula before feeding it to your baby. Never feed spoiled food to anyone, including children.

8) Don’t use formulas that have expired or opened.

9) If there are signs of spoilage (such as a change in color or smell), throw out the bottle and call the manufacturer.

10) Keep formula out of direct sunlight and never microwave it.

11) Never give your baby infant formula or food if they appear to be sick (especially with a temperature). Infants should only eat what is on the FDA’s Foods for Special

Recalled Baby Formula Brands (2012 – 2022)

Angel Formula: Jan 7, 2022

On Jan 7, 2022, Moor Herbs voluntarily recalled its Angel Formula and they explained that the “product did not meet specific nutrition and labeling requirements for infant formula.” This was the message posted on the FDA website here.

The iron, sodium, and potassium levels were well above the maximum allowed by the FDA when it tested the recipe. Furthermore, the product lacked vitamin D, which can cause rickets if not supplied on a regular basis.

Read more about it here.

Holle, Bioland, Kendamil and Hipp Formula Recall: August 08, 2021

Reason: Products do not meet FDA requirements

On August 8, 2021, Able Groupe announced that it was recalling certain products used as infant formulas. The items were brought in from Europe and given to customers in the United States via mail services. By the time of recall, more than 76,000 had been distributed.

The Infant Milk Formula items have less than 1 milligram of iron per 100 calories and might not be sufficient for some infants, particularly those born prematurely or with low birth weight, those who had low iron levels at birth, or those who are at risk of developing iron deficiency due to sickness.

Adequate iron intake during infancy can help prevent iron deficiency anemia, which if left untreated, has irreversible cognitive and functional development consequences. Infant formula goods containing less than 1 mg of iron per 100 kcal are required to make a note on the label informing consumers that greater iron may be required. Read more here.

Enfamil and Similac Formulas Recall

Enfamil and Similac Formulas have not been recalled but there is an active lawsuit by parents that could cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. Manufacturers failed to warn parents and medical providers about the risk.

Parents claim that Mead Johnson failed to warn parents of the risk the formula causes to babies. NEC is a serious gastrointestinal condition that may be fatal in up to half of cases. It provokes intestinal irritation, which can lead to holes in the intestine. Bacteria from within the intestines can enter the abdomen or blood, resulting in significant illness or sepsis.

After being fed Similac or Enfamil, parents of a prematurely born infant diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis can sue for financial compensation. Read more here.

SMA Wysoy Infant Formula Recall 2022

The Nestle SMA Wysoy Infant formula has been removed from the market due to the discovery of blue plastic in the packaging. The following lots have been tainted (025057651Z, 025057652Z, and 025157651Z), which are valid until September 2022. If you purchased any of these batches, you were advised to contact Nestle Consumer Services at 1-800-681-1676.

parent's choice formula recall

The plastic was discovered in bulk cans and were not packaged directly into individual containers. If you bought any of the particular batches, then your baby should immediately stop consuming the formula and either return it to the retailer for a refund or call Nestle’s hotline.

Kirkland Signature Baby Formula Recall [Oct 2019]

Kirkland Signature’s Organic Baby Formula is being recalled in the US and Canada due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination. Bacillus cereus causes two types of illness, one that shows up 12 hours after ingesting contaminated food and another that appears 3 days later.

The symptoms are usually nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps, and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, fever and muscle aches may be present as well as a transient rash.

The recall affects 907 cartons of Kirkland Signature Baby Formula (powder, liquid concentrate). If you bought the affected product prior to October 11, 2019, call their hotline at 1-844-463-8686.

Parent’s Choice Formula Recall – June 2019

On June 3, 2019, Walmart issued a recall of certain lots of Parent’s Choice Formula. The products were brought in from Turkey and might contain elevated levels of Vitamin A that would put an infant at risk for health problems.

The recalled products are the following:

-Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula with Iron Powder

-Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula with Iron Concentrate

-Parent’s Choice Benefit Infant Formula Powder

On June 4, 2019, Walmart issued a second recall for certain lots of Parent’s Choice formula. The product was brought in from the same Turkey facility as noted above and might have elevated levels of Vitamin B3. The affected batch numbers are as follows:

-Parent’s Choice Neutral Infant Formula with Iron Powder

-Parent’s Choice Gentle Infant Formula Powder

If you have purchased any of these batches, you are encouraged to return the product and receive a full refund.

Earth’s Best Organic Baby Formula Recall

Earth’s Best Organic has issued a recall on specific, individual sizes of Healthy Start Organic Baby Formula with Iron. The product in question was manufactured in Mexico and its expiration date is set for December 2019.

The affected batches are as follows:

-Earth’s Best Organic 2nd Foods Pouches (Stage 2) – apple, blueberry, and butternut squash, 4.23-ounce pouch

-Earth’s Best Organic 2nd Foods Pouches (Stage 2) – apple, peach, and pear, 4.23-ounce pouch

If you have purchased either of these batches, you will receive a full refund or replacement product at no cost to you. If you have any questions, contact Earth’s Best Customer Service at 1-800-434-4246 between 7:30 am and 5 pm EST Monday through Friday.