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Weekly Highlights (12/26/2011)

We hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Welcome to “Weekly Highlights”, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great finds we’ve come across in our internet travels.

In the News:

Mead Johnson Retests Samples of Enfamil and Reaffirms Safety - The company completed a second round of testing on samples of its Enfamil Newborn formula from the batch under recall. The tests showed no signs of the bacteria, but tests results from federal health officials will not be in until later this week. Check enfamilalerts.com or our sidebar for updates.

Two Strengths of Infant Acetaminophen Boost Confusion, Risk - Old and new infant formulations are currently on shelves with some even mislabeled. Be sure to check the concentration and dosage amounts, particularly for infants under 2.

EPA Issues Historic Regulations on Air Pollution - New rules issued this week by the EPA, overdue by about 20 years, will dramatically reduce mercury levels as well as other toxins from coal power plants, resulting in a significant reduction in premature births, childhood asthma, bronchitis, and other related illnesses, the EPA estimates.

Retailer Blames China Suppliers as More Jewelry Recalled- Health Canada’s recall blitz this week caught jewelry imported from China with levels of lead up to 86% and cadmium up to 46%.

New Research:

Studies Suggest an Acetaminophen-Asthma Link
Evidence is mounting of a possible link between acetaminophen use in infants and the development of childhood asthma. One study in 2008 found that children under 1 who had taken acetaminophen for a fever had a 50% greater risk of developing asthma symptoms. A single dose can reduce the body’s levels of a peptide that helps prevent inflammation in the airways. Yet, researchers still say it is difficult to determine whether the acetaminophen or the infection are to blame. The doctor quoted in the article suggests reserving acetaminophen only for very high fevers and major pain relief.

How Toddlers Hear Themselves
Ever wonder why toddlers can’t seem to pronounce certain words just right? 2 year olds do not listen to themselves and self-correct like adults do. They focus on the content of what they are saying rather than how they say it, which is why when you repeat back to a child what you think they said (pronounced correctly) they will say “yes”. Starting around age 3, children begin to develop the ability to repair conversations. Be a good speech model and focus on what your children are saying rather than correcting how they say it.

Fantastic Finds:

How to Get Your Favorite Fruits in the Winter from CNN Health - A guide to the choosing the tastiest and healthiest fruits in the winter.

Riley on Marketing from YouTube - One little girl expresses her frustration at gender-biased marketing. High five!

Recalls, December 20 – December 26:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls

No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it our way to jasmine@purebebe.com. We hope your week is off to a great start!

Jasmine & Heather

Statement from Mead Johnson on Enfamil Formula Recall

Mead Johnson has issued the following statement on its website, enfamilalerts.com, in response to the Enfamil recall today:

Statement from Mead Johnson on Enfamil PREMIUM® Newborn Formula Safety

December 22, 2011

Our company recently became aware of an infant’s death in Missouri. This infant tested positive for Cronobacter, which is a microorganism commonly found in the environment and sometimes implicated in rare but serious illnesses in newborn babies. We were informed that the infant had been fed one of our products.

The product – Enfamil PREMIUM® Newborn powdered formula – has not been recalled, but is being tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with our assistance. All of our finished infant powdered products (including this batch) are tested for Cronobacter (Enterobacter sakazakii) prior to shipment. If an ingredient or a batch of powdered infant formula product is found to contain Cronobacter, it is rejected and not distributed.

The batch of the product used by the child’s family did not show the presence of the bacteria when it was produced and packaged, and that has recently been reconfirmed from our batch records. This product is not being recalled – nor is any other Mead Johnson product – but some retailers are removing it from their shelves as a precautionary measure. The product is Enfamil PREMIUM Newborn 12.5 ounce powder with number ZP1K7G on the bottom of the can.

We recognize that recent media stories may cause confusion and we apologize for that. We want to make every effort to keep our customers informed on any topics related to our products.

We are working with health authorities to support their efforts to identify the source or cause of the infant’s infection. All the employees at Mead Johnson Nutrition wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family.

If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-BABY-123.

Walmart Issues Recall of Powdered Enfamil Formula After Infant Dies

Walmart has issued a nationwide recall of Enfamil Premium Newborn powdered formula after a 10-day old baby boy died in Missouri, and another Missouri infant was hospitalized with the same bacterial infection.

The recalled formula comes in 12.5 oz cans with lot number ZP1K7G. It is unclear whether other retailers may have the same lot on their shelves.

The bacteria, called “Enterobacter sakazakii,” or E. sakazakii for short, occasionally appears in infant formula. No known cases of E sakazakii have been found in exclusively breastfed infants.

Health officials with the CDC and FDA are investigating samples of formula and distilled water used by the parents to prepare the formula but have not yet called for an Enfamil recall. It could be several days before the results are in, but milk-based powdered infant formulas have been implicated in prior outbreaks of this bacteria.

Mead Johnson, maker of the formula, says that the batch used by the infant’s family tested negative for the bacteria when it was produced and packaged, and they are working with health officials to identify the source of the bacteria. Meanwhile, Walmart is taking no risks and has pulled the product from shelves and is recalling purchased cans. Any customer who has purchased the recalled formula may return it to the store for a full refund or exchange for another brand. Customers may also call 1-800-BABY-123 for more information.

To read more about this bacteria and powdered formula recall:
Wal-Mart pulls formula after Mo. baby’s death
Walmart Recalls Enfamil Infant Formula After Baby Dies


Walgreens, Kroger, Supervalu Restock Formula – 1/4/2012
FDA Says No Need to Recall Enfamil Formula - 12/31/2011
14 U.S. Commissaries Pull Formula – 12/30/2011
FDA Visits Mead Johnson Factory as Part of Continuing Investigation – 12/28/2011
Oklahoma Baby 3rd Sickened by Rare Bacteria – No Link to Enfamil – 12/28/2011
Commissary Recalls Baby Formula Amid Bacteria Tests – 12/28/2011
Parents of Another Sick Child Fear Enfamil Formula May Be The Cause – 12/26/2011 Mead Johnson Says New Tests Did Not Detect Cronobacter – 12/25/2011
Walgreen, Kroger, and Safeway Pull Formula – 12/23/2011
Price Chopper Supermarkets Voluntarily Recall Enfamil - 12/23/2011
Enfamil Recall: More Retailers Pull It Off Shelf (Supervalu) - 12/22/2011

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