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Walmart Pulls Enfamil Formula

Posted on: 12/22/2011

Wal-Mart announced Wednesday it has pulled Enfamil Premium Newborn formula from its store shelves nationwide after the death in Missouri of a newborn boy who was given the formula. The move was a precautionary measure, Wal-Mart said. No government or manufacturer recall had been issued as of Thursday, December 22.

Mead Johnson Nutrition said the lot of 12.5-ounce cans had tested negative for the suspected rare bacterium, Cronobacter sakazakii, before being shipped. The lot number ZP1K7G is stamped on the bottom of the formula can.

Public health experts are investigating the source of the possible contamination and also whether any patient or environmental factors such as the water used in preparing the powdered formula played a part. Mead Johnson is preparing a public statement to be posted to its Enfamil.com website.

Parents are encouraged to follow World Health Organization guidelines for safely preparing powdered infant formula. These include: washing your hands with soap and water, cleaning all feeding equipment in hot, soapy water and preparing enough formula for just one feeding at a time.

As we go into a long holiday weekend (the AAP is closed until Tuesday, December 27), updated information may appear on the FDA.gov, CDC.gov, Missouri Department of Health ( http://health.mo.gov ) and Enfamil.com websites.

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics Office of the Executive Director

Enfamil has set up a phone line for questions and concerns: 1-800-222-9123

 

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