Commissary recalls baby formula amid bacteria tests
This story was updated Dec. 27.
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Commissary officials voluntarily recalled certain cans of baby formula on Saturday after government regulators began testing a specific batch for bacteria.
A batch of Enfamil Newborn powder in 12.5-oz cans is being tested by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration after two babies in the U.S. were sickened with Cronobacter bacteria after consuming the product. One later died.
“All (Defense Commissary Agency) commissaries worldwide were notified to remove that particular lot if they had it in their assortment,” said Michael Yaksich, deputy area director for DeCA Europe.
Yaksich said stores are combing their inventories for cans with the lot number ZP1K7G. Of Europe’s 40 stores, 34 have reported they do not have the specific batch, while six have yet to respond, he said Tuesday afternoon.
DeCA officials cannot rule out that cans from the batch may have been sold already, Yaksich said. He said DeCA headquarters is working with its distributors to learn if and when they received the affected cans.
The lot number can be found on the bottom of the can beneath the expiration date. Any commissary customer who finds a can with that specific lot number should return it to the store, Yaksich said.
Regulators have not issued a formal recall, pending test results.
Enfamil’s parent company, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., reported it found no evidence of the bacteria in its own recent tests, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.