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Update: The U.S. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the Enfamil Premium Newborn formula that was taken off the market as a precaution was found to be safe. Tests confirmed that no presence of the Cronobacter bacteria was detected. "We're pleased with the FDA and CDC testing, which should reassure consumers, healthcare professionals and retailers everywhere about the safety and quality of our products. These tests also reinforce the rigor of our quality processes throughout our operations," Tim Brown, Enfamil senior vice president and general manager for North America said in a statement. "We remain committed to our mission to nourish the world's children for the best start in life."
Original post: Walmart has recalled a batch of Enfamil Newborn powdered infant formula after the death of a newborn baby in Missouri who drank the formula. While it is not clear that the formula is to blame for the newborn's death from a bacterial infection, the store has removed the formula as a precaution, according to The Lebanon Daily Record. The recalled cans are Enfamil Premium Newborn 12.5 ounce powder with number ZP1K7G on the bottom of the can. Other stores that carry the formula -- Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway and Supervalu -- have followed Walmart's lead and removed the specific batch of formula from their shelves, according to the Associated Press.
The 10-day old infant who died, Avery Cornett, tested positive for the bacteria Cronobacter (Enterobacter Sakazakii) which can be found in formula, though Enfamil states that the batch of formula in question tested negative for the dangerous bug. The newborn's parents said that they brought him to the hospital after he appeared lethargic and as though he had a stomach ache, according to The Lebanon Daily Record. In a statement Enfamil said:
"The infant in Missouri tested positive for Cronobacter (Enterobacter Sakazakii), a microorganism sometimes associated with rare but serious illness in newborn babies. The health authorities are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the infection and are expected to be testing a variety of possible sources. Cronobacter is ubiquitous in the environment and can be found on clothing, bedding, infant formula, nursery water and preparation and use surfaces. The formula being checked is one specific batch of Enfamil Premium Newborn 12.5 ounce powder with number ZP1K7G on the bottom of the can. Our records confirm the batch tested negative for Cronobacter when it was produced and packaged. Further, the batches produced both before and after the one used by the infant's family tested negative for the bacteria as well."
There is currently not an official government recall. Parents who need more information can contact Enfamil here or at 800/BABY-123. Learn about the biggest recalls of 2011 here.