U.S. health inspectors this week visited an Enfamil baby formula factory run by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co as part of an investigation into the cause of bacterial infections that killed one infant and sickened another, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.
The investigation, by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, involves testing samples of the baby formula, distilled water and the environment to which both babies — Cornett and one in Illinois — were exposed.
Before Cornett died on December 18, he was exposed to Enfamil formula purchased at a Wal-Mart store in Missouri.
The Illinois baby, who is recovering, was exposed to a variety of formula types apart from powdered Enfamil, as well as other over-the-counter products, according to the FDA.
“We do not have evidence showing that the two infections are related, and the two cases occurring in the last month may represent nothing more than a coincidence,” CDC spokeswoman Kate Levinson said in an email.
A third baby, who is less than a month old and lives in Oklahoma, was also confirmed with a Cronobacter infection on Tuesday. That baby, who is recovering after treatment, was not exposed to Enfamil formula, according to state health officials.