Enfamil Recall: Hopefully Nothing

Mead Johnson said today after retesting its product that its Enfamil baby formula, that allegedly caused the death of a 10 day old baby, is safe. Enfamil was pulled from Walmart after the report of the child’s tragic death. The formula was feared to be positive for Cronobacter, a potentially deadly illness that can strike premature infants who have eaten contaminated powdered infant formula. Mead Johnson said it had tested the same samples and followed the same methodology used by public health officials.

“Based on both sets of tests, Mead Johnson can say with confidence that Enfamil Premium Newborn formula, like every infant formula the company produces, is safe,” Mead Johnson said in a statement.

I suspect Mead Johnson is right and telling the truth about Enfamil. Still, the company does $3 billion in sales and Enfamil carries the lion’s share of those sales. It always scares me when that many jobs and careers are on the line if I’m trusting a product to be safe.

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