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July 8, 2001

4.6 Million Cans of Formula Recalled

NOTE: This recall is due to the SPANISH label on the formula, it does NOT AFFECT consumers using the English instructions printed on the front of the instruction label.

Evansville, IN (SafetyAlerts) - Mead Johnson Nutritionals is recalling about 3.7 million 16 -ounce cans of powder Nutramigen formula, and about 930,000 32-ounce cans of the ready-to-use version of the product because the cans have incorrect preparation instructions, in Spanish, that could lead to serious health problems and even death, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The cans carry a two sided label with English instructions on the front and Spanish on the rear - the SPANISH SIDE provides incorrect instructions which can lead to serious health problems including seizures, irregular heartbeat and even death.

English instructions printed on the cans have the correct instructions printed on them.

No reports of any infants sickened because of the labeling error have been received, but parents should contact a doctor if a child has become ill after eating the product. Symptoms to look for include vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, less urination, decreased activity and sunken eyes, according to a company press release.

The product was distributed nationwide and in Guam, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

The recalled Nutramigen cans are white with blue lettering and have pictures of rabbits on the side. The cans were sold in six-packs and have the following batch codes:

-For powder formula, the bottom of the can reads: BHC43, BHC44, BJC45, BJC46, BJC47, BJC48, BKC49, BKC50, BLC51, BLC52, BLC53, BMC54, BMC55, BMC56, BAM57, BAM58, BBM59, BBM60, BBM61, BCM62, BCM63, BCM64, BDM65, BDM66, BEM67, BEM68, BEM69, BEM70, BEM71, BEM72, BFM73 and BFM74.

-For ready-to-use formula, the top of the can reads: MBM90, MBM91, MCM92, MCM93, MCM94, MDM95, MDM96, MEM97, MFM00 and MFM01.

Consumers can use the proper preparation instructions or return the cans to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information consumers should call Mead Johnson toll-free at 1-800-718-7725 between 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. CDT Monday to Friday and on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT.

For cans still on store shelves, the company will place stickers on them telling consumers to ignore the Spanish instructions, according to the company press release.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers July 8, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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