Enfamil Newborn baby formula was quickly pulled from shelves at 3,000 Walmart stores earlier this week following the death of an infant in Missouri, the Associated Press reported.
Walmart and health officials awaited tests Thursday on a batch of powdered infant formula that was removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died from a rare infection, according to AP. The source of the bacteria that caused the infection has not been determined, but it occurs naturally in the environment and in such plants as wheat and rice. The most worrisome appearances have been in dried milk and powdered formula, which is why manufacturers routinely test for the germs.
Walmart pulled the Enfamil Newborn formula from shelves as a precaution following the death of little Avery Cornett in the Southern Missouri town of Lebanon.
The formula has not been recalled, and the manufacturer said tests showed the batch was negative for the bacteria before it was shipped. Additional tests were under way.
“We decided it was best to remove the product until we learn more,” Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said. “It could be returned to the shelves.”
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