Nationwide infant formula recall
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[FEB. 23, 2006]
Md. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public
to a recall being conducted by Mead Johnson for their Gentlease
powdered infant formula, lot number BMJ19, with a July 1, 2007,
expiration date. This lot was found to contain metal particles of up
to 2.7 millimeters in size.
No illnesses have been reported to date. However, in the rare
instance that an infant were to inhale the infant formula into the
lungs, the presence of these particles could present a serious risk
to the infant's respiratory system and throat. Any injuries
associated with this problem would be likely to show up within three
to four hours. The symptoms could be varied, depending on whether
there is damage to the throat or lungs. Damage to the throat may
include coughing, difficulty swallowing or difficulty breathing.
Similarly, damage to the lungs could include coughing and difficulty
If you may have fed this lot of Gentlease to your baby
and you have any concerns about your baby's health, you should
contact your baby's health professional for guidance.
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Approximately 41,464 24-ounce cans of this lot of recalled
product were distributed beginning on Dec. 16, 2005, through many
major retail stores across the country, so the consumer should
concentrate on the code on the can rather than on the place of
purchase. The affected products can be identified by the lot number
and expiration date embossed on the bottom of the can: BMJ19, use by
1 Jul 07.
Mead Johnson informed the FDA of this problem. FDA and Mead
Johnson are currently investigating the cause of the metal particles
found in the infant formula in this highly unusual incident.
Consumers who have a can of this batch of Gentlease powdered
infant formula should not use the product and should contact Mead
Johnson at (888) 587-7275 immediately.
[U.S. Food and Drug Administration