May 27, 2024

FDA Weighs In on Mid America Pet Food Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has weighed in the Mid America Pet Food Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least seven people, mostly infants, in seven states. A recall has been issued for all of that company's pet food products that have a best before date before 10/31/2024. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), California (1), Florida (1), Hawaii (1), Kentucky (1), Minnesota (1), and Oklahoma (1). Most of the patients, or 86%, are one year old or younger, and the remaining patient is younger than 65. Illness onset dates range from January 14, 2023 to August 19, 2023. One patient has been hospitalized because they are so sick. In interviews with families, five of the cases had exposure to dogs, and three reported that they had fed Victor pet food to their pets. A retail sample of Victor Hi-Pro … [Read more...]

Similac Probiotic Tri-Blend Recalled For Adverse Reactions

Similac Probiotic Tri-Blend is being recalled for serious adverse reactions to this product in preterm infants, according to the FDA. This notice was posted on the FDA's Enforcement Page, not the regular recall page. The FDA did issue a warning last month about problems with probiotics when administered to preemies, and a preterm infant died in early October 2023 after being given Evivo with MCT Oil probiotic in the hospital. The recalling firm is Abbott Laboratories. This product was distributed in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New … [Read more...]

FDA Warns About Probiotics For Hospitalized Preterm Infants

The FDA warns about probiotics for hospitalized preterm infants. A preterm baby died earlier this month after receiving Evivo with MCT Oil probiotic in the hospital. The government is concerned about the risk that products with live bacteria pose to preterm infants. A letter was recently sent to healthcare providers warning them about this problem. The agency also issued two warning letters to companies for illegally selling their products for treating or preventing disease in preterm infants. Probiotics contain live bacteria or yeast and are usually marketed as foods or dietary supplements. The FDA says that infants can develop sepsis if they are given these products. Some companies are illegally selling probiotics to treat or prevent diseases such as reducing the risk of … [Read more...]

Preterm Infant Dies After Receiving Evivo with MCT Oil Probiotic

A preterm infant has died after receiving Evivo with MCT Oil probiotic in the hospital. That dietary supplement, produced by Infinant Health, is formulated to contain the live bacterium Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis, according to the FDA. The infant developed sepsis caused by that bacterium. The FDA is investigating this death. Genomic sequencing data found that the bacteria that caused sepsis in the infant was a genetic match to the bacteria in the probiotic. The FDA is now warning that preterm infants who are given these dietary supplements are "at risk of invasive, potentially fatal disease caused by the bacteria or fungi contained in probiotics." Medical literature reports state that microorganisms in probiotics have caused bacteremia or fungemia, sometimes with severe … [Read more...]

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