Statement from Mead Johnson on Enfamil Newborn Formula Safety

Posted on Dec. 22nd, 2011 at 2:30pm

Our company recently became aware of an infant’s death in Missouri. This infant tested positive for Cronobacter, which is a microorganism commonly found in the environment and sometimes implicated in rare but serious illnesses in newborn babies. We were informed that the infant had been fed one of our products.

The product – Enfamil PREMIUM® Newborn powdered formula – has not been recalled, but is being tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with our assistance. All of our finished infant powdered products (including this batch) and their ingredients are tested for Cronobacter (Enterobacter sakazakii) prior to shipment. If an ingredient or a batch of powdered infant formula product is found to contain Cronobacter, it is rejected and not distributed.

The batch of the product used by the child’s family did not show the presence of the bacteria when it was produced and packaged, and that has recently been reconfirmed from our batch records. This product is not being recalled – nor is any other Mead Johnson product – but some retailers are removing it from their shelves as a precautionary measure. The product is Enfamil PREMIUM Newborn 12.5 ounce powder with number ZP1K7G on the bottom of the can.

We recognize that recent media stories may cause confusion and we apologize for that. We want to make every effort to keep our customers informed on any topics related to our products.

We are working with health authorities to support their efforts to identify the source or cause of the infant’s infection. All the employees at Mead Johnson Nutrition wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family.

If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-BABY-123.