Third Infant Ill With Bacteria That Led To Enfamil Being Pulled From Store Shelves


Posted on 29th December 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized


Just days after the manufacturer of Enfamil said its tests found the baby formula to be safe, a third infant has tested positive for a rare bacterial infection, according to Reuters.|myaol|dl1|sec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D123522

An Oklahoma infant has come down with Cronobacter, a bacteria that has been found in some milk-based powdered baby formula, according to Reuters. 

Retailers such as Wal-Mart pulled Enfamil Premium formula off their shelves after one infant in Missouri died as a result of Cronobacter, and a second one in Illinois became ill with the bacteria, after having the formula. 

Those incidents lead to a probe of Enfamil by federal health officials as well as the formula’s maker, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co.  The baby in Oklahoma had not had Enfamil, and was treated and released, Reuters reported.

Over the weekend Mead Johnson announced that it had tested batches of the suspect Enfamil formula, and found no contamination.



Baby Formula Maker Claims Product, Suspected In Infant’s Death, Is Safe


Posted on 25th December 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The maker of Enfamil baby formula, which has been pulled from the shelves by retailers after a baby’s death, said Sunday that its tests didn’t find any deadly bacteria in the product.

In a statement, Mead Johnson Nutrition said it tested the same batch of formula that is  being tested by the Food and Drug Administration, which is investigating the cases of two babies in Missouri who fell ill after having the formula. One of them, 10-day-old infant Avery Cornett, died.

Mead Johnson stated that it didn’t find any Cronobacter, a bacteria than can be lethal, in its formula. Cornett was diagnosed wth Cronobacter, as was a second baby who survived.

Last week retailers such as Wal-Mart, Walgreen, Kroger and Super-Valu pulled the formula, 12.5-ounce cans with the batch code ZP1K7G, off their shelves. They said  they were taking the precautionary measure until regulators tested the formula.

On Sunday Mead Johnson officials told Bloomberg News that they didn’t know how long it would take the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control to complete their investigations.