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June 6, 1999

Mead Johnson Recalls One Batch of ProSobee® 8-Ounce Ready-To-Use Infant Formula

EVANSVILLE, IN (SafetyAlerts) - Mead Johnson Nutritionals, in keeping with its commitment to provide safe and healthy nutrition to infants, is informing parents of a recent product labeling error.

As a precaution, the company is recalling one batch (approximately 7,000 cases) of 8 ounce ready to use ProSobee® infant formula sold in 4 pack fiberboard cartons.  All other batches of 8 ounce ProSobee and all other forms of ProSobee - powder, liquid concentrate and 32 ounce ready-to-use - are not affected.

The batch in question, coded 1NOV99/PROSOB/AKN13, began shipping to stores late last year.  One can in the batch was found to be mislabeled as ProSobee when in fact it contained Vanilla Sustacal® bearing the code 1MAY00/VSUST/AKN43H.  There is the possibility that a few additional cans may be mislabeled.  Sustacal, an adult nutritional supplement, contains milk and soy proteins.

The composition of Sustacal, the mislabeled product, differs in caloric density and nutrient and water content from that of ProSobee.   Sustacal also looks, smells and tastes different than ProSobee.  For infants who are ill and at risk of dehydration, are highly sensitive to milk proteins, or have galactosemia, use of the mislabeled product has the potential to cause severe medical problems if consumed.

The Recalled ProSobee was distributed nationwide through retail stores and pharmacies.

The recall was initiated after the Mead Johnson Nutritionals Customer Resource Center received a telephone call from a parent who had noted the physical and organoleptic (smell) differences between one can of ProSobee and other cans used previously.  After subsequent investigation, it was determined that the can in question bore the embossed identification of another Mead Johnson product, Vanilla Sustacal, a product formulated to meet the nutritional needs of an adult consumer.   The three other cans in the 4-pack carton were all correctly labeled infant formula.

No illness related to this batch of ProSobee has been reported to Mead Johnson.  However, parents should check cans of 8 ounce ready-to-use ProSobee for the above codes and these should be returned to Mead Johnson Nutritionals.  Consumers can call 1-888-587-7275 for return instructions

" As a company trusted by parents throughout the world, we won't take chances with our products or our customers." said Dr. J. Roberto, vice president, medical affairs, Mead Johnson Nutritionals.  "We are taking these extra precautionary measures to minimize any risks to infants in the extremely unlikely event of exposure"

Parent with questions regarding the recall may call the Mead Johnson Customer Resource Center at 1-888-587-7275

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The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.