Walmart Pulls Dangerous Infant Formula after 1 Death

Retail giant Walmart has pulled the 12.5-ounce can of Enfamil after an infant died from a bacterial infection after consuming the product. The Associated Press reports the lot number is ZP1K7G and the product is Newborn powder formula, made by Mead Johnson Nutrition. The company can be contacted at (800) 222-9123.

Walmart pulled the product voluntarily from about 3,000 stores nationwide out of “an abundance of caution,” according to a spokesperson. The action follows the Sunday, December 18, death of a 10-day old boy from Missouri who became “gravely ill’ after drinking the formula. Tests showed he had a rare bacterial infection known as Cronobacter sakazakii. The Missouri Department of Health is investigating the death and the agency has sent samples of the formula to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is testing both the formula and the water used to make it as it’s not yet definitive which contained the bacteria. Powdered infant formulas are milk-based and Missouri health officials believe it is linked to the rare infection.

CNN reports the family said the infant was sweating profusely before he died yet he was cold to the touch. Mead Johnson says it’s confident in the safety and quality of their products.

In addition, CNN reports another infant survived being infected with the same bacteria. That case was also in Missouri, although there is no word whether or not they are connected.

The child product liability attorneys in Florida at Farah & Farah understand that the FDA recommends only a small amount of formula be made in advance and that it be refrigerated if it will be out longer than two hours. The FDA reports there are up to six cases of this infection in infants annually.

Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/316546; http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/after-missouri-baby-s-death-from-infection-health-officials-look/article_b2e639b0-2cdb-11e1-b6d0-0019bb30f31a.html; http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/22/us/missouri-formula-recall/

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