Caring for an infant comes with many challenges. Parents may deal with a lack of sleep and may struggle with adapting to a new routine. But no parent wants to worry about the safety of the formula they are feeding to their child. Product recalls happen frequently with all types of food products. But a recent infant formula recall has many parents scrambling to find other types of formula that are safe and that provide the nutrients a growing baby needs to thrive.
A serious situation
Product recalls can be issued for many reasons, some more serious than others. But the recent formula recall has already had deadly consequences. Several infants have gotten extremely ill after consuming the formula. Tragically, two babies lost their lives due to infection from a rare bacteria found in the powdered formula. The bacteria, called cronobacter sakazakii, can make anyone ill, but it’s especially dangerous for infants.
The recall includes some batches of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas. Parents who have purchased the recalled products are urged to immediately stop using the product and to seek medical help for their child if the baby shows any indication of illness. Infection from the bacteria can cause fever, lethargy, excessive crying and other symptoms.
Recourse for injury from a defective product
Companies have a responsibility to sell safe products to consumers. When someone is injured or becomes ill from consuming or using an unsafe product, they may have the option to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer. The victim or surviving family members can benefit from seeking legal advice from an experienced Oklahoma attorney. While monetary settlements can’t undo the damage or bring back a loved one, the funds can be used to take care of expenses related to the injury or illness.