NH DHHS - State Health Officials Issue Precautions After Infant Formula Recall

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is advising parents of the

voluntary recall of a powdered infant formula following the death of an

infant in Missouri. The infant died from a Cronobacter sakazakii

infection. While the source of this bacteria has not yet been determined,

as a precaution, powdered infant formula retailers including Walmart,

Supervalu, and Walgreens have pulled Enfamil Newborn formula with the lot

number ZP1K7G until tests on the formula are complete.

“We want to exercise the utmost caution while we await the results of the

testing and further investigation,” said DHHS’ Public Health Director Dr.

José Montero. “At this time we are advising parents not to use the product

with the lot number ZP1K7G until additional information is available.”

The bacteria Cronobacter can be found naturally in the environment, and has

been found in many foods, including powdered infant formula and water.

Cronobacter sakazakii rarely causes illness in humans; however, it can

cause infections in infants including meningitis that can be fatal.

For infants who are fed with powdered infant formula, DHHS continues to

recommend careful adherence to infection prevention measures while

preparing formula. These include washing your hands with soap and water

before preparation, cleaning all feeding equipment in hot, soapy water and

preparing formula for just one feeding at a time. The World Health

Organization guidelines on safe preparation of powdered infant formula are

available at: http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/agns/files/pif_guidelines.pdf

Anyone who has received this formula through NH’s Women, Infants and

Children (WIC) program, you can contact your local WIC office or the State

WIC office for further assistance.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug

Administration labs are conducting the tests on the formula and will

release new information as soon as it is available.