According to a recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri health officials are anxiously awaiting word regarding tests on a batch of powdered infant formula that was recently removed from Wal-Mart stores nationwide following the wrongful death of a Missouri newborn who consumed it and later died of a rare infection.
The source of the bacteria has not yet been determined, but it is known to occur naturally in plants such as wheat and rice. Manufacturers routinely test for such germs but this may be one case where such precautions were not enough to avoid disaster.
Avery Cornett of Lebanon, Missouri died of a rare infection caused by bacteria known as Cronobacter sakazakii, according to recently released hospital reports. Though the infection is treatable, it is very dangerous to premature babies and those less than 1 month old.
Wal-Mart has decided to pull the Enfamil Newborn formula from its shelves as a precaution after the death of Cornett. However, the much bigger step of recalling the formula has not yet occurred as the manufacturer claims tests showed no bacteria was present in the batch shipped to retailers. Further tests to confirm or deny this claim are underway.
The death of another newborn, Ivyionna Ayne Marie Pinnix, from Granite City is also under investigation. Pinnix, born four weeks premature, appeared congested before she eventually stopped breathing sometime Wednesday morning. It remains to be seen whether she consumed the same Enfamil formula under investigation in this case.
A third infant, from Illinois, came down with the exact same bacterial infection as Cornett after consuming several types of powdered baby formula in the last month. Thankfully the Illinois infant has recovered after receiving treatment in a Missouri hospital.
Though no final results have been released, health officials suggest parents take the following steps to help guard against possible infection:
• Sanitize bottles and the nipples before using.
• Bring water that will be used in formula to a boil for two minutes.
• Discard any unused formula after 24 hours and do not make more than you intend to consume as leftovers can develop germs.
Customers who bought the formula in 12.5 ounce cans with the lot number ZP1K7G may return them for a refund or exchange.
If your child has been injured due to negligence of others you need an experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney on your side. For a free consultation, call our Missouri injury lawyers today at (314) 863-0500.
Source: "Baby formula pulled from shelves after Missouri infant's death," by Blythe Bernhard, published at STLToday.com.