January 10, 2003
Mead Johnson Nutritionals Has Recalled
EnfaCare® LIPIL® Infant Formula Powder
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Mead Johnson Nutritionals has recalled 505
cases of EnfaCare LIPIL 12.9 ounce powdered infant formula. The cases and
cans are coded BME01, with an expiration date of January 1, 2004 (embossed
1JAN04). This voluntary recall is being initiated because the product is
contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii (E. sakazakii). E. sakazakii,
commonly found in the environment, is a food-borne pathogen that can, in
rare cases, cause sepsis (bacteria in the blood), meningitis (inflammation
of the lining of the brain), or necrotizing enterocolitis (severe intestinal
infection) in newborn infants, particularly premature infants, or infants
with weakened immune systems. We are unaware of any reports of illness
associated with E. sakazakii as a result of feeding infants product from
batch BME01; however, product from batch BME01 should not be used.
EnfaCare LIPIL is a formula for infants with conditions such as prematurity.
Five hundred five cases from this batch were shipped to hospitals, retail
stores and WIC clinics nationwide during December 2002. No other batches of
EnfaCare LIPIL are affected.
Parents who have EnfaCare LIPIL infant formula powder with batch code BME01
embossed on the bottom, as well as consumers or health care professionals
with questions regarding this situation, may call the Mead Johnson Consumer
Resource Center at 1-888-587-7275.