Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
More than 3,000 Wal-Mart stores nationwide have pulled from their shelves powdered infant formula after a Missouri baby died of a rare bacterial infection after being fed the formula, The Associated Press reports. The decision was made “out of an abundance of caution,” the chain announced, as the investigation into the cause of death for the 10-day-old infant continues.
Wal-Mart is pulling 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G, though the government has not ordered a recall of the formula. Manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition told the AP that its records showed the lot tested negative for the bacterium before it was shipped.
Customers who bought cans of the formula can return them to Wal-Mart for a refund or exchange, the company said, adding that the product could go back on shelves depending on the outcome of the investigation.