A Message to Parents: Enfamil is Safe

Posted on Dec. 30th, 2011 at 9:30am

The following message was sent to members of the Enfamil® Family Beginnings program. We’d like to share it with you here.

With the recent media attention to infant formula, we wanted to make sure that you know that trust in Enfamil products is well placed. We are completely confident that Enfamil PREMIUM® Newborn formula and all the other products we manufacture are safe.

That’s because every single batch of Enfamil formula undergoes approximately 2,300 individual quality and safety tests before being shipped from our warehouse.

Our high standard of quality and safety is one you can continue to trust for your baby. It’s one of the many reasons why Enfamil is the #1 pediatrician-recommended formula brand.

Like you, we were deeply saddened to learn of the death of a newborn boy in Missouri. The boy tested positive for Cronobacter (Enterobacter sakazakii), a strain of bacteria found throughout the environment.

We test all of our formulas for Cronobacter prior to releasing them for sale. We can say with confidence that the testing of the Enfamil Newborn batch associated with the baby in Missouri did not show any presence of this bacteria.

But even though we were entirely confident of our product’s safety, we didn’t want to leave it at that. We wanted to reassure you of the safety of our products. So we performed additional scientific testing last week on samples from the same batch of formula used by the boy’s family. Those repeat tests did not show any presence of Cronobacter.

The attention to quality and safety that comes with our 100-year legacy of trust is one you can count on. Every batch of Enfamil formula meets – and often exceeds – our own high safety standards, and those set by regulatory bodies including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

You can continue to be confident about placing trust in every one of our products.

As a reminder, it is important to properly handle formula when feeding your baby. Every package of Enfamil contains instructions for easily and safely preparing and using the product, including proper hygiene, preparation, dilution, use and storage. We encourage you to review and follow these instructions.

We encourage you to contact us any time you have questions about Mead Johnson Nutrition products:

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