Two Reckitt infant formulas have been recalled over concerns that they are contaminated with the bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii.

Batch ZL3F7D of Nutramigen LGG Stage 1 Hypoallergenic Formula 400g and batches ZL3FAA and ZL3FDM of Nutramigen LGG Stage 2 Hypoallergenic Formula 400g may have been contaminated with the bacteria, the Food Services Authority (FSA) has said.

The products have been recalled by manufacturer Reckitt and consumers have been instructed not to use the formula and instead return it to the place of purchase.

The bacteria Cronobacter sakazakii can cause fever and diarrhoea, and in severe cases can lead to sepsis or meningitis.

Symptoms in infants can include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice and abnormal breaths and movements.

People who have purchased the product have been urged to seek medical advice if they have any concerns about their baby’s health.

The hypoallergenic formulas are mainly available on prescription but are also available without.

Reckitt described the recall as a ‘precaution’ that was prompted by an ‘isolated overseas sample of the product testing positive for Cronobacter sakazakii’, adding that it was continuing to conduct a thorough investigation.

And it confirmed that no other Nutramigen batches or products were affected.

Pharmacy bodies have spoken out against the number of recalls and notifications that pharmacy teams are having to deal with, as the amount has increased in recent years.