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We hate breaking the news on recalls, but it’s particularly unfortunate when its infant formula affected. However, on March 17, 2023, Gerber issued a recall of some of their Gerber Good Start SoothePro powdered infant formula in the United States. This is due to potential contamination by Cronobacter sakazakii, a germ found naturally in the environment that can live in dry foods.

Perrigo Company plc, the manufacturer of the infant formula, is issuing the recall as a precautionary measure to protect the health of infants. Consumers who purchased one of the affected products with codes matching those recalled (shown below) should discontinue use. Then call Gerber Parents Resource Center on behalf of Perrigo at 1-800-777-7690 in order to receive a refund.

This powdered formula is sold at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and other large retailers across the U.S. So far no adverse effects related to the Gerber Good Start recall have been reported. Moreover, no products have tested positive for the bacteria. Below, find everything we know about the Gerber formula recall.

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Gerber is voluntarily issuing a recall for this formula due to the potential presence of bacteria.

Gerber Soothe formula

Perrigo Company is voluntarily recalling select Gerber Good Start formulas manufactured at the company’s Gateway Eau Claire, Wisconsin facility between Jan. 2, 2023, to Jan. 18, 2023. The formula is being recalled as a precaution due to the potential presence of Cronobacter sakazakii.

Cronobacter sakazakii is a type of bacteria that is frequently present in the environment. While it typically doesn’t cause any symptoms in the majority of people, it can lead to fever, poor feeding, excessive crying, low energy, and other severe symptoms in certain groups. At-risk groups include premature infants, infants under the age of two months, or infants with compromised immune systems.



Only Good Start SoothePro formula is affected.

Two types of gerber good start baby formula

Consumers who purchased the following products after March 5, 2023 should look for the below Lot Codes and “use by” date, which is found on the bottom of the package. No other lot codes are impacted by this recall. If you purchased a product with matching codes, discontinue use, dispose of the product, and contact Gerber.


Gerber Good Start SoothePro 12.4 oz:

300357651Z – USE BY 04JUL2024

300457651Z – USE BY 05JUL2024

300557651Z – USE BY 06JUL2024

300557652Z – USE BY 06JUL2024

300757651Z – USE BY 08JUL2024

300857651Z – USE BY 09JUL2024

301057651Z – USE BY 11JUL2024

301057652Z – USE BY 11JUL2024

301157651Z – USE BY 12JUL2024

Gerber Good Start SoothePro 30.6 oz:

301357652Z – USE BY 14JUL2024

301457652Z – USE BY 15JUL2024

301557651Z – USE BY 16JUL2024


Gerber Good Start SoothePro 19.4 oz:

301557652Z – USE BY 16JUL2024I


If you purchased this formula, contact Gerber Parents Resource Center for a refund.

Father holding his baby while speaking on the phone

Request a refund for impacted products and receive more information about Gerber Good Start by contacting the Gerber Parent Resource Center on behalf of Perrigo at 1-800-777-7690. This phone number is managed 24 hours per day, seven days a week. If your child has consumed any of the impacted formulas, Gerber recommends reaching out to their pediatrician or healthcare provider with any questions or concerns. It’s worth noting that there have been no health-related impacts reported due to this recall as of today.


No Gerber baby food has been affected by this recall.

A variety of Gerber Natural for Baby baby food sitting on a store shelf.

This recall only affects certain batches of Gerber Good Start SoothePro powdered formula. At this time, there are no reports of any baby food being impacted. If you do have any concerns regarding other Gerber products, contact Gerber on behalf of Perrigo at 1-800-777-7690.

Gerber Issues a Voluntary Recall for Good Start SoothePro Formula