On Thursday, December 22, Wal-Mart the world’s largest retailer announced that having withdrawn from sale a baby milk popular in the United States after the death of a child who consumed milk purchased one of its stores. The batch of milk Enfamil brand, manufactured by Mead Johnson, has the number ZP1K7G. It left the shelves of some 3,000 stores in the country.
Health authorities have not yet determined if the milk was involved in both cases and if the bacteria that infected babies was contained in milk powder, but Wal-Mart claims to have taken this as ‘precaution’. ‘We offer our condolences to the family of this little boy,’ said Dianna Gee, spokesman for Wal-Mart.
‘Customers who bought this product in our stores can render it or exchange it against another milk’, she said, but added that it was a voluntary and not a formal recall.
The manufacturer Mead Johnson for his part believes that its product is not in question and that the bacterium was not present at the time of sale. ‘We have confidence in the safety and quality of our products, and rigorous testing that we make them suffer,’ he added.