Enfamil Formula Called Safe by Company Research

A week after Wal-Mart stores pulled cans of Enfamil powdered formula in the wake of a newborn's death, the company that manufactures the formula said it had conducted extensive lab tests, finding the product to be safe.

The company, Mead Johnson, tested for an environmental bacterium called Cronobacter, which can be fatal, and found no traces of it in the samples they tested.

Chris Perille, a spokesman for Mead Johnson, said the company had tested the same batch of formula as public health authorities. The negative test for Cronobacter confirmed results the company got before it shipped the batch of Enfamil Premium Newborn powdered formula.

"We hold samples of every batch," he said on Sunday in a telephone interview. "There's only one batch of one product that's being checked out."

Mr. Perille said that Mead Johnson had not been given a time frame for when the F.D.A. and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would finish their reviews, which probably include water samples and other environmental tests.

No other "serious" complaints have been reported related to the batch of Enfamil Premium Newborn that was being tested, he said.

Image: Powdered infant formula, via Shutterstock.

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