The investigation surrounding the death of 10-day-old infant Avery Cornett of Lebanon, Missouri, will be expanded to include other infant formulas, aside from Mead Johnson’s Enfamil.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the baby had consumed other infant formulas prior to his death, although the CDC did not provide any details beyond that.
Wal-Mart had pulled Enfamil off its store shelves nationwide after the formula was linked to Cornett’s death.
The infant had tested positive for Cronobacter, a bacterium that has been linked to rare illnesses among newborn babies. Cronobacter was described in the report as “a relatively common environmental contaminant,” and has been found in milk-based powdered baby formula.
The fact that the infant had also been fed with other baby formula before he died means that the link to Enfamil was still not proven. Despite this, however, sales of Enfamil may still be affected. Shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., manufacturer of Enfamil Newborn, also closed 5 percent lower on Friday, on top of the 10 percent drop it experienced when news of its link to an infant’s death broke out.
Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the division of food-borne, water-borne, and environmental diseases of the CDC, shared that while other formulas may also be involved, “at this point, no formula samples have yielded Cronobacter.”
Siobhan DeLancey, spokeswoman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), shared that an analysis of samples of unopened and opened baby formula containers and water, from the Cornett home, as well as the mixture of formula and water, is being conducted by the agency.