WASHINGTON — The Nestle food company is recalling 2.5 million cans of baby formula because they may not have been properly sterilized, the company and the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
Nestle of Glendale, Calif., recalled 33 batches of the formula after it was discovered the processing of the concentrate formula may not have reached high enough temperatures to sterilize the product.
No illnesses have been reported, and Nestle said they have tested the batches and found no problems.
"Our concern is the remote possibility that there could be a bacteria in there that could make a child sick when they drank it," said John Guzewich, a scientist with the FDA's Center for Food Safety. "Even though there's no evidence that that has happened, rather than taking a chance, they're removing it from the market."
The recalled Nestle Carnation products are 13-ounce cans of Good Start, Follow-Up and Alsoy concentrate baby formula. The products were sold nationwide.
The baby formula was produced between Oct. 18 and March 13.
The company urged consumers to call (800) 510-7493 to see if they have purchased any of the recalled cans. The baby formula can be returned to the store where it was purchased for a refund or exchange.