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Tests confirm batch of Enfamil formula safe, says Mead Johnson

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A batch of  Enfamil brand infant formula has been retested and found free of a bacteria that’s blamed for the death of a Missouri child. 

The formula is made at Mead Johnson’s factory in Zeeland.  

Mead Johnson says it took the highly unusual step of retesting the batch of formula due to “misinformation in the marketplace.”  The formula had already tested negative for a bacteria called Cronobacter prior to leaving the factory. 

The company says its retests confirmed the safety of the formula.  And that tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had the same result. 

Mead Johnson says it believes the FDA is looking at other environmental sources for the bacteria such as the water used to mix the formula.  A ten-day old child died earlier this month from a Cronobacter infection, sparking the investigation.   

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.