Wal-Mart has recalled a batch of baby formula after the death of a baby in Missouri.
“We extend our deepest condolences to this baby boy’s family as they try to come to grips with their loss,” Dianna Gee, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman told CNN. ” As soon as we heard what happened, we immediately reached out to the manufacturer of the formula and to the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide any information we may have to help with the investigation.”
The retail giant was in the process of voluntarily removing the Enfamil Newborn formula that may have sickened the baby from more than 3,000 U.S. stores late Monday night. The recalled formula, made by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., comes in a 12.5-ounce can and has the lot number ZP1K7G.
The ten-day-old infant died on Sunday after he was taken to the hospital for displaying what his family said were signs of a stomachache, according to local media reports. The baby tested positive for Cronobacter, a bacteria that has sometimes been found in infant formula and has been linked to rare illnesses in newborns.
The Missouri Department of Health said in a statement released Monday that preliminary tests indicate another infant was infected with bacteria within the past month, but recovered.
Health officials are still investigating to determine if the formula carries the bacteria and the possible link between the two cases.