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First Melamine, Now Bacteria?

December 30, 2011

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Product recall insurers take heed!  There is a new contaminant to worry about in infant formula and this time it's not <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Chinese_milk_scandal">melamine</a>.  Rather, the culprit is c<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cronobacter">ronobacter sakazakii</a>.  The bacteria has been found in Enfamil baby formula, one of the more popular brands sold at most major stores (like Walmart and Costco), and has been <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-29/bacteria-tied-to-baby-s-death-linked-to-formula-since-1980s.html">linked</a> to a baby's death. The investigation into the cause of the contamination and the scope of costs is proceeding, but, in the interim, the good news is that the outbreak seems to have been <a href="ttp://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/12/25/second-round-of-tests-find-no-bacteria-in-enfamil-baby-formula/">contained</a>.  Nevertheless, the recall costs will likely be significant.
For more information about this post or WCM's product recall practice, please contact Bob Cosgrove at rcosgrove@wcmlaw.com.

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