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FDA advises against using Mother's Touch infant formula

The formula was not properly tested for harmful bacteria
The FDA suggests caregivers avoid using Mother's Touch infant formula.

Parents and caregivers are cautioned by the Federal Drug Administration, or FDA, not to give infants Mother's Touch formula.

According to the FDA, this formula does not meet infant formula nutrient requirements for seven nutrients and has not provided pre-market notification to the FDA.

"The FDA has determined that Mother's Touch Formula is not manufactured in compliance with the FDA’s infant formula regulations," the FDA states on its website

The FDA says the formula has not been tested to ensure it meets the nutritional needs of infants. Furthermore, the label on the product includes seven nutrients that do not meet the nutritional needs of infants which can cause nutrient deficiencies or toxicity in infants, the FDA states.

"... nutrient label claims on the product label showed the product to contain nutrient amounts below the minimum levels required for protein, linoleic acid, calcium, sodium, potassium, and chloride; and above the maximum level allowed for iron," the FDA website states.

Also, the formula did not undergo proper testing for the harmful bacteria Cronobacter which can lead to meningitis, sepsis and even death in infants, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.

"A recent report estimates that approximately 20% of infants with meningitis or bloodstream infections due to Cronobacter in the United States have died (Strysko, 2020). Worldwide, approximately 40% of infants reported to have Cronobacter meningitis or bloodstream infections have died (Strysko, 2020)," the CDC states on its website.

Mother's Touch Formula is sold in markets in Kinzers, Loganton and Gap, PA. It is also available through the Mother's Touch website. 

The FDA suggests that caregivers who have purchased the product discontinue and throw it out. For those who are concerned about the health of their child should seek the care of their health care provider, according to the FDA.