Families who buy formula know that stocking up on the product can end up costing a pretty penny. But to ensure your L.O. has the nutrition he or she needs, it's worth it. Sadly, a theft scheme sweeping multiple states has affected families who thought they were getting a quality, reliable product—only to end up with a container full of flour.
According to local ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, a Florida mom bought a container of Enfamil that still had the protective seal on the package's lid. The mom said she thought the package looked fine on the outside, so she didn't think twice before buying it. Once she opened it, however, she realized something was off. She sent the product to the manufacturer, and lo and behold, it was flour, not formula.
That's just one report of several that have popped up throughout the country, according to WFTS. In Arizona, a mom named Chelsea Bellinger said her baby girl was sick for days after she accidentally gave her a bottle full of flour that was placed in a Enfamil tub she bought. Also in the Grand Canyon state, a woman was reportedly arrested for swapping baby formula with flour at stores in her neighborhood.
In response, Lynn Kenney, Enfamil's Head of Corporate Communications, North America, told WFTS, "There is no recall related to this or other Enfamil branded products."
Nonetheless, CVS temporarily removed the products from their shelves in response to the headline-making incidents. They shared the following statement with Parents.com: "There was no recall, but Enfamil powder was temporarily unavailable in our stores last week due to an internal review conducted by CVS Pharmacy, following a suspected tampering incident with a product purchased at one of our stores in Tampa, FL. We did not identify any problem in other markets outside of Tampa. This was done out of an abundance of caution, and we resumed sale of these products end of day last Friday."
Meanwhile, Enfamil is encouraging parents to always check the appearance of the package, because even differences that may be minor could actually indicate an issue.
This isn't the first time Enfamil has made headlines for concerns over a contaminated product. Back in 2011, Enfamil faced allegations of bacterial contamination that was thought to be linked to two children's deaths and two others' illnesses. In 2012, the company was cleared by tests done by the CDC and FDA, and health officials said parents could continue buying the product for their babies.
Parents who are unsure about an Enfamil product can contact their hotline at 1-800-BABY123.