Baby Formula Recalled After Death Of Newborn Baby: Why Not To Trust Processed Food

walmart enfamil recall baby deathWalmart recalled a batch of Enfamil infant formula from 3,000 of its stores after the death of a 10-day old newborn in Missourri, apparently caused by a rare bacterial contamination. Not only is this story a mother’s worst nightmare; it’s also a horrifying sign that Americans need to seriously reconsider whether it’s safe to eat so much processed food.

The formula was given to 10-day-old Avery Cornett, who was taken to a hospital last Wednesday after showing signs of a stomach ache and lethargy. He was transferred to another hospital, where they found he’d contracted a rare bacterial infection, Cronobacter sakazakii, and was taken off life support on Monday. Gena Terlizzi, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said yesterday that samples of the baby formula were sent to the FDA and CDC for testing, but it’s unclear whether the baby formula actually caused his death as of yet:

At this point it has not been determined whether the illness is linked to the formula or an outside source.

But Walmart isn’t going to take the gamble; the government hasn’t ordered a recall, but they decided to take the cautionary measure in case of contamination. Christopher Perille, a spokesman for Mead Johnson Nutrition, the producers of Enfamil, said the company routinely tests their formula for various contamination, including the bacteria that killed Avery:

One of the things every batch of product is tested for is Cronobacter. We went back and checked on the batch in question, and it had tested negative for Cronobacter.

Any food can get contaminated with bacteria; even vegetables from your backyard. But so much of the current public health concern revolves around factory farming processes and the mass production of processed food; it seems obvious that the risk of contamination and food-borne illness is much worse with the way we currently process, package, and ship food around our country. While it’s unclear what caused Avery’s death, it seems to me like yet another good reason to be wary of processed food.

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    • Emily bell

      Thank you for the news we were just about too get this. Thank you very much!

      • Briana Rognlin

        Glad you avoided it; I hope it was caused by something besides the formula, but better to be safe than sorry!

    • Emily bell

      Me too that’s just ashame that it happen.

    • kristi lydon

      my 4 month 5 day old son passed away friday december 16th and he has been on enfamil gentlease since he was born. at 5pm he ate a 7 oz. bottle and went down for a nap on the couch next to my husband. when i got home at 6pm i went to pick my son up and saw a littly puddle of formula under his mouth and he was not breathing and could not be brought back to life. i just saw the news where they aired this recall and looked it up on the computer . the medical examiner said its gonna take 6 – 8 months for all the tests to come back for a cause of death. everyone plz be careful and if you use this formula dont take any chances … get rid of it ! RIP Baby Vincent S. Vitagliano Jr. August 11, 2011 – December 16th, 2011 I love you my angel

      • Sophia T.

        I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart weighs heavy for you from mother to mother.

      • Briana Rognlin

        Kristi, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Best wishes to you and your family, I can’t imagine what you’re going through.

    • Christi H

      The point you’re making on processed food is valid but this is a terribly misleading article. Sounds like there is zero link between the formula and the baby’s death — to date — and yet the entire article infers that this is the case. It’s certainly not very fair to the makers of Enfamil to spread fear when it may not be even linked to this product. For better or for worse many mothers cannot use breast milk. Why not offer them an unprocessed alternative vs just a scare tactic?

    • Blu

      There are proven links to powder formula and the condition contracted by the infant. Bc Enfamil is not the proven source of the infants death no recall has been issued yet. However, WalMart pulled the product “to be safe” since Enfamil was the formula the infant was on..

    • Margaret Macht

      Could it possibly have been the water used to prepare the formula that is the culpirt? Or perhaps strict sanitary conditions were not met in the preparation ie: pets in the kitchen. It has not been proven that the formula was responsible for the infection; however, I applaud WAl Mart for taking percautions by pulling the product from the shelf. There may have been something else that we do not know yet that caused this dreadful infection.

    • Laura

      My baby was on Enfamil Gentlease for a month, I started to notice she was bloated and would spit up more often than when she was on a different formula. She also started having very painful BM, crying and screaming as she tried to push out her stool. For a formula to be named “gentle” ease, nothing seemed very gentle at all! I looked on the back of the ingredients and noticed the very first thing listed is corn syrup solids! Im not a chemistist but i thought this ingredient was supposed to be harmful when consumed, also i noticed something called arachidonic acid, which is supposed to be a fatty acid that’s found in diffent animals and plants. I read an article on CBN that claimed that this fatty acid is one of the “bad” fatty acids that one should avoid. I wish I would have breastfed longer than I did! I am truly convinced that breastmilk is the safest form of food a baby could consume.