Wal-Mart Yanks Formula From Shelves After Newborn Baby DeathMonica Bielanko
Wal-Mart is recalling a batch of Enfamil Formula after a 10-day old baby in Missouri, who was fed Enfamil Newborn powder bought at a store in Lebanon, died.
As BusinessWeek reports, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman says the company has pulled 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G infant formula from more than 3,000 stores nationwide.
Avery Cornett (pictured here) was taken to St. John’s Hospital-Lebanon late last week after appearing lethargic and displaying what his family said were signs of a stomach ache. He was later moved to St. John’s Hospital-Springfield, and preliminary tests showed that he had contracted a rare bacterial infection, Cronobacter sakazakii. The Lebanon Daily Record reports that he died Sunday after being removed from life support.
The formula’s manufacturer, Mead Johnson Nutrition, says the batch of formula in question tested negative for the bacterium. Gena Terlizzi, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said Wednesday that samples of the formula given to Avery were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for testing.
“At this point it has not been determined whether the illness is linked to the formula or an outside source,” Terlizzi said in a statement.
No government recall has been ordered. Wal-Mart’s recall is cautionary while heath officials investigate exactly what caused the little boy’s death. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said the company decided to pull the lot “out of an abundance of caution”. Customers who bought the cans have the option of returning them for a refund or exchange, Gee said.
Right now public health investigators are trying to figure out exactly what caused Avery’s infection. In addition to the formula they will look at the water used in preparing the powdered formula, and at anything else the baby might have ingested.
Please, parents, check your formula lot numbers. Again, it’s 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G.