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Cronobacter Lawsuit

Cronobacter Lawsuit

Recalls have been issued for contaminated infant formula and protein shakes that may cause infections with dangerous Cronobacter bacteria.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Cronobacter induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or your baby were infected with Cronobacter, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Protein Shakes Recalled for Cronobacter Infection Risk

In July 2022, Lyons Magnus recalled dozens of varieties of protein shakes, coffee products and high-calorie nutritional shakes due to a risk of Cronobacter infections.

No illnesses were reported, but the manufacturer warns that “the common symptoms of illness could include fever, vomiting and urinary tract infection. However, vulnerable and immunocompromised populations may be more susceptible to infection.”

The recall includes many popular protein shakes for adults (such as Premier Protein) but also nutrient-dense protein shakes for children and other people in hospitals.

The recall involves 53 products under the following brand-names:

  • Aloha Plant-Based Protein
  • Glucerna Original (sold only at Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Sam’s Club)
  • Sysco Imperial Med Plus & Thickened Dairy Drink
  • Intelligentsia Cold Coffee & Oat Latte
  • Kate Farms Pediatric Standard
  • Lyons Barista Style Non-Dairy Beverage
  • Lyons Ready Care
  • MRE Protein Shake
  • Oatly Oat-Milk Barista Edition (Food Service)
  • Pirq Plant Protein
  • Premier Protein
  • Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

Baby Formula Recalled After Deadly Cronobacter Infection Outbreak

In February 2022, a recall was issued for powdered baby formula that due to a deadly outbreak of Cronobacter and Salmonella infections.

Health officials are investigating 4 consumer complaints of babies who were hospitalized with Cronobacter or Salmonella infections between September 20, 2021 through January 11, 2022 after being fed Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered baby formula.

Three babies were infected with Cronobacter sakazakii (including 1 baby who died) and one baby was infected with Salmonella Newport. The illnesses were reported in Texas (2), Minnesota (1), and Ohio (1).

The FDA is warning consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formula if:

  • The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
  • The code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
  • The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

What is Cronobacter?

Cronobacter sakazakii, formerly called “Enterobacter sakazakii,” is a bacteria that can live in dry foods, such as powdered infant formula. Infections are not very common, but they are frequently deadly for babies. The survivors have a high risk of complications, particularly low-birth-weight and premature infants.

Severe Complications of Cronobacter Infections

The most common serious complications of a Cronobacter infection are:

  • Sepsis (bloodstream infection)
  • Meningitis (inflammation and swelling of the linings surrounding the brain and spinal cord)
  • Brain damage
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis (intestinal damage)
  • Organ damage
  • Death

Other Complications of Cronobacter Infections

Less common complications of a cronobacter include conjunctivis (eye infection), urinary tract infections, diarrhea, tonsillitis and osteomyelitis (bone inflammation).

Symptoms of Cronobacter Infection in Babies

  • Fever
  • Poor Feeding
  • Crying
  • Very low energy
  • Seizures

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis due to Cronobacter infections is mostly a risk for babies under 2 months old. If the infection spreads to the brain or spinal cord and causes meningitis, about 75% of babies will suffer long-term neurological delays and poor lifelong outcomes. Cronobacter infections are deadly in up to 4 out of 10 babies with meningitis.

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a life-threatening intestinal complication that is far more common in premature babies who are fed infant formula instead of breast milk. NEC can cause severe intestinal inflammation, death of intestinal tissue, or a hole in the intestine. Babies with NEC may need emergency surgery to remove part of their intestine.

Species of Cronobacter

There are several species of Cronobacter bacteria, including:

  • Cronobacter sakazakii
  • Cronobacter malonaticus
  • Cronobacter turicensis
  • Cronobacter muytjensii
  • Cronobacter dublinensis
  • Cronobacter condiment
  • Cronobacter universalis

More Information

Cronobacter: Frequently Asked Questions — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Hunter, C., Bean, J. Cronobacter: an emerging opportunistic pathogen associated with neonatal meningitis, sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis. J Perinatol 33, 581–585 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/jp.2013.26

Do I have a Cronobacter Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Cronobacter induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or your baby were infected with Cronobacter, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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