Wal-Mart is recalling a single batch of the powdered infant formula Enfamil Newborn, sold in 12.5-ounce cans, as a precaution after a Missouri infant died of a rare bacterial infection.
The 10-day-old Lebanon, Mo., baby died Sunday of Cronobacter sakazakii, which can come from powdered infant formula. The source of the infant's infection is still unclear, but Wal-Mart choose to remove the batch with the lot number ZP1K7G from its 3,000 stores nationwide as a precaution. The baby's family purchased the formula at Wal-Mart.
Cases of C. sakazakii have been linked to powdered infant formula in the past. However, in a statement issued this morning to the Los Angeles Times, Mead Johnson officials said the source of the infant's infection remains unclear and that infant formulas are tested for the bacteria prior to shipping.
"We are aware of the reported infant death in Lebanon, Missouri, and our hearts go out to the child’s family for their tragic loss," said Chris Perille, vice president, corporate communications & public affairs at Mead Johnson Nutrition.