14 U.S. commissaries pull suspect baby formula from shelves
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Defense Commissary Agency has identified 14 stores — all in the United States — that received and possibly sold cans from a batch of baby formula now under government testing for bacteria.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration are testing a batch of Enfamil Newborn powder after two babies who consumed the formula in the U.S. were sickened with Cronobacter bacteria. An Illinois infant recovered; a 10-day-old infant in Missouri later died.
A third infant, in Oklahoma, was found to have been sickened by the bacteria, but had not been given Enfamil.
Retailers, including DeCA, sought to remove the product from shelves last week as a precaution pending test results. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., which makes Enfamil, recently reported it found no signs of the bacteria in its own testing. The CDC and FDA have yet to release findings.
Kevin Robinson, a spokesman for DeCA, named 14 agency stores where cans were found with a lot number that corresponded to the batch under testing, ZP1K7G. He said some of the cans appear to have been sold.
Robinson listed the locations as: Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.; Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Detrick and Fort Meade, Md.; Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.; Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; Minot Air Force Base, N.D.; New River Marine Corps Air Station, N.C.; Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Customers can check their cans by looking for the lot number on the bottom, below the expiration date. Those who find the batch being tested should return the product to the store, according to DeCA.