Wal-Mart Removes Infant Formula After Infant Death

As consumer and injury lawyers, we have been at the forefront of protecting consumers, including children and infants. Just before the Christmas holiday, a number of national retailers joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in removing a specific batch of Enfamil Newborn formula from shelves and distribution centers.

The reason? A newborn baby in Missouri died after consuming the formula from lot number ZP1K7G which was purchased by the baby’s parents at their local Wal-Mart in Lebanon, Missouri.

The infant contracted and died from what medical professionals have determined to be a rare bacterial infection. The manufacturer of the formula Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., is reported to have tested the formula prior to shipment, but no bacteria was found. Additional tests are being performed by the manufacturer which has not recalled the product.

Now several other companies have determined that this particular lot of Enfamil Newborn should be removed from their store shelves as a precaution. Walgreen Co. and Supervalu Inc. are among the stores that have decided to take this step. These retailers operate such well known retail stores as Shaw’s in New England, Shop ‘n Save in St. Louis and Acme in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Like other families that we have represented, we can only imagine the horrific sorrow that the parents of the infant are experiencing now and our hearts go out to them. The physicians involved in this medical tragedy have determined that the baby passed away from a bacterial infection that is called Cronobacter sakazakii. This bacteria is known to found in such plants as wheat and rice. It also can live in dried milks and powdered formulas which many consumers might assume would not harbor a potentially deadly bacteria.

Various federal agencies are now involved in investigating the situation. Specifically, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the Missouri Department of Health are trying to determine what happened in this case. They have various testing protocols now underway using not only the specific formula given to the infant by his mourning parents, but other related formulas, such as those sold as a liquid as well as the powdered version. Although there is no suspected relationship, another infant became ill after consuming powdered formulas, but that baby recovered.

California’s preeminent consumer rights law firm, Hersh & Hersh has led the way in infant and child safety. We were involved in the largest crib recall in the nation’s history and other critically important protections for children and infants. Please contact our office for a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, for any situation involving defective products and devices, medical implants, such as transvaginal mesh, infant safety, motor vehicle accidents and other consumer or injury matters.