Walmart pulls infant formula from shelves after baby's death

Walmart pulls some Enfamil from shelves after newborn's death. Photo via Ron Dauphin Flickr Commons.

Wal-Mart has admitted to pulling a batch of powdered infant formula from stores across the nation after a Missouri newborn became gravely ill with a suspected infection and died.

Dianna Gee, a  Wal-Mart spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the move is cautionary, pending the investigation conducted by health official into the death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett of Lebanon, Missouri. The boy was taken off life support on Sunday and dies soon after.

The product Walmart has removed from the shelves is the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder (lot number ZP1J7G). No government recall has been ordered for this product at this time.

Avery’s preliminary diagnosis was infection from a rare bacterium called Cronobacter sakazakii, according to the Lebanon Daily Record .

Mead Johnson Nutrition, the manufacturer of the formula, claims that the batch Wal-Mart pulled tested negative for the bacterium. Christopher Perille, a spokesman for Mead Johnson Nutrition, says numerous companies sell the formula, though it’s he did not specify if others sold from that batch.