UPDATE: What You Need to Know About the Massive Formula Recall

American moms: No need to panic.
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January 17, 2018
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By now, you may have seen headlines indicating that 83 million boxes of baby formula have been recalled. If you’re a formula-feeding parent, it’s hard to imagine a figure that large wouldn’t somehow affect you and your baby. Here’s why you should rest easy.

The recall involves the French company Lactalis, the world’s largest dairy company. The company is issuing a global recall of its baby milk formula products—it manufactures hundreds of powder formula products sold under different brand labels—over fears of salmonella contamination. In the case, the brands Picot, Milumel, Celia and Taranis are affected. Authorities say 37 infants have become sick so far in France, likely due to a contaminated factory in the French town of Craon. Police have visited the factory, which has since been closed and is under investigation.

While the recall affects formula intended for export to 47 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, the United States is not on that list. Neither is the UK or Australia.

Here in the US, you may come across Lactalis-owned cheese brands including Président, Sorrento, Precious, Rondelé and Galbani. Know that these brands are not part of the recall.


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