UPDATE: Walmart, Health Officials Awaiting Infant Formula Test Results

Walmart and health officials are waiting for the test results on a batch of powdered infant formula that was removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide.

The formula was removed after a Missouri newborn who had consumed it died from a rare infection.

This type of bacteria occurs naturally in the environment and in plants such as wheat and rice. But it has also appeared in dried milk and powdered formula, so manufacturers routinely test for it.

Walmart pulled the Enfamil Newborn formula as a precaution after the death of Avery Cornett in the southern Missouri town of Lebanon. The government hasn't ordered a recall, and the manufacturer says test showed the batch was negative for the bacteria before it was shopped.

A second Missouri infant became ill after consuming powdered baby formula in the past month, but that child recovered.

The product isn't just sold at Walmart. The manufacturer, Mead Johnson Nutrition, hasn't said how widely it was distributed to other stores.

A spokesman says the company is "highly confident in the safety and quality" of its products.

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Walmart says it has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy became gravely ill with a suspected infection and died after being taken off life support.

Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said Wednesday the move is cautionary as health officials investigate Sunday's death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett of Lebanon, Mo.

No government recall has been ordered for the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1J7G.

Media reports say Avery received a preliminary diagnosis of infection from a rare bacterium called Cronobacter sakazakii.

The formula's manufacturer, Mead Johnson Nutrition, says the batch Walmart pulled tested negative for the bacterium. Spokesman Christopher Perille says numerous companies sell the formula, though it's unclear if others sold from that batch.

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  • by Scott on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    Probably made with ingredients from China.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Dec 22, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    Readers/Ladies, there could be any number of reasons this one infant contracted the bacteria and died. It hasn't been discovered yet. The infant could have been sent home already sick; it could have been in the water used to mix the formula; it could have been transmitted by the family, unknowingly. This debate about breastfeeding vs. formula is old. Truthfully, Mother's milk used to be the only thing available, and is still the preferred nutrition for infants. Some Mothers just cannot reach that goal, thus, introduction of Formulas. This incident is just so, so sad, but wait for the lab results to tell us what really happened. Yes; I became a Mother back in '80. Young as I was, hard as it was, I did everything by the handbook, and thankfully, made it thru the 'child-rearing years'. It's the hardest job we'll ever have. I'm glad I toughed it out, but I count my blessings too. God Bless the child.
  • by newport Location: newport on Dec 22, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    didnt japan sentence some people to death for something like this----i sure hope it was an accident and someone didnt know----i am so sorry and my prayers go out to this poor family in thier time of loss
  • by Keith on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    My heart and prayers goes out the this family. I have young children myself and I know I would be devistated to loose them. God Bless you!!!
  • by maria on Dec 22, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    I actually i couldnt produce enough breastmilk for my baby so i HAD to give him formula. So that comment about the ten day old being on formula offended me..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    I hope they find out what cause this child to contract this bacteria that took his life. My condolences to the family who lost such a precious life before it began. My son is a day younger than this child and I couldn't imagine losing him.
  • by care Location: columbia on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    wow people again with negative comments on a situation that is absolutly heart breaking people make me so sick to always jump to conclusions when they dont know the situation if you dont have nothing caring to post leave your comments to your self to the family so sorry for your loss may god help you get through this terrible tradgidy
  • by Kristen Location: Washington on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    @Betty--What do you mean why was a 10 day old infant given formula?? Some women don't breastfeed, can't breastfeed or choose not to. I gave my 10 day old formula. I had no milk come in. Prayers for the family in their loss! I can't imagine losing a child. May God wrap his arms around this family in this time.
  • by SUE on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    A 10 day old infant has to eat. Not all moms breastfeed. Some choose not too and some just cant for different reasons.
  • by mary on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    Another reason to breastfeed!
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      by Kate on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:36 AM in reply to mary
      There are plenty of moms who would love to breastfeed and can't for many reasons. I work with them everyday. Such an ignorant comment!
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