Bacterial infection killed one infant and sickened another which was supposed to have occurred due to consumption of an Enfamil baby formula produced by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. On Wednesday, a company spokesperson informed that U.S. Health Inspectors visited the Enfamil factory in regards to the same issue. Although tests conducted by the company on its own, twice, showed no signs of any sort of bacterium Cronobacter in the baby formula, but the inspection conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration is a standard procedure informed Chris Perilli, the spokesperson for Mead Johnson Nutrition Company.
Health officials have informed that the first batch of results will most likely come on Friday but the full investigation will continue over a period of several weeks. Mr Chris Perilli said, “Because Cronobacter is so commonly present throughout the environment, we expect they are looking at a large number of other possible sources — water, clothing, bedding, preparation and use surfaces.” He further added, “This is standard operating procedure for them, and we would expect that they have also had inspectors visit production facilities for various other products/items they are testing as part of this investigation.”
The death of the child named Avery Cornett in Missouri was a big blow to Mead Johnson.The shares of the company fell by 11 % following the pulling out of several lots of the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn formula by major retail stores like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and others. Until now, there has been no news of any link found between the sad demise of Avery and any formula who had tested positive for Cronobacter bacterium. The bacterium has been linked to the rare illness found in Newborn babies and is generally found in the milk-based formulas for newly born babies. The Mead Johnson factory that the health officials visited is in Zealand, Michigan and it is where the baby formula is manufactured to which Avery was exposed.
The second baby who is recovering tin a hospital is from Illinois. This one though, was exposed to more than one kind of baby formula apart from Enfamil from Mead Johnson. Kate Levinson, CDC spokesperson, in an email said, “We do not have evidence showing that the two infections are related, and the two cases occurring in the last month may represent nothing more than a coincidence.” Cronobacter cases are very rare in infants and CDC informed that every year, only 5 to 6 cases are reported.