• Mon, Dec 26 2011

Enfamil Baby Formula Unrelated To Newborn’s Death

enfamil formulaParents everywhere can breathe a (slight) sigh of relief: Enfamil baby formula is free from a deadly bacteria that tragically claimed the life of  10-day-old Missouri boy Avery Cornett late last week.

Cornett had contracted a rare bacterial infection called Cronobacter sakazakii after consuming Enfamil purchased at a Walmart store in Lebanon, Illinois. Not wanting to take any chances, the retail chain immediately pulled the product from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide while samples of the formula were sent to the FDA and CDC for testing.

Now those test results are back and, according to reports, Enfamil is free of the bacteria blamed for the infant’s death. Mead Johnson Nutrition, manufacturers of Enfamil, said the samples were taken from the same lot as formula given to the baby boy.

Of course, that doesn’t bring back Cornett, and our hearts just break for his family and their terrible loss. But it’s reassuring to know that baby formula wasn’t the cause.

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  • Dave

    Shawna, I think it’s important to inform you that your post could be premature. Mead Johnson Nutrition, who manufactures Enfamil, was the agency that announced that the product was safe based on their own clinical tests. However, the FDA and the CDC are still conducting their own tests with the results expected within the week. It’s your blog, but I would recommend that it would perhaps be prudent to wait for the results of those tests (from an interested and trusted governmental third party) prior to publishing something that says parents can breathe a sigh of relief, especially since it’s in Mead Johnson’s best interests to quickly announce the product’s safety (not surprisingly, as soon as the announcement was made, Mead Johnson’s stock spiked upward, much to the relief of its shareholders). Interestingly enough, another infant in the Missouri area (or Illinois, reports are conflicting) who is one-month-old came down with the same bacterial infection after having been fed the formula with the same lot number. While some are saying this may be a coincidence, others are criticizing Mead Johnson’s quick announcement as premature and self-serving.