Choosing the right type of baby formula for your newborn or infant is extremely important. Not only should it be made from high quality ingredients, but you want to be sure that it is safe for your baby to consume. And once a mother finds a type of formula her baby likes, she usually sticks with it and buys it on a regular basis. That is exactly what one mother from Florida did. She stopped into her local CVS Pharmacy, picked up a canister of Enfamil baby formula, and purchased it like she usually does. Unfortunately, she soon found out that there was something wrong with the powdered formula.
When Alison Denning got home and opened up the container of Enfamil baby formula she had just purchased, she said it smelled like “typical baking flour.” According to the Miami Herald, Denning said that the protective seal was still intact on the lid, although “the packaging inside didn’t look right to her and appeared as if someone tampered with the product.” Denning then went to another CVS location and purchased a second Enfamil container. This one was “grainy” and had a “slightly yellow color” to it.
After Denning recognized a difference in color, texture, and even smell, she notified the store manager where she bought the first container. That led to the store pulling all of the Enfamil containers off the shelves until an investigation could be completed. And while the company had thought that this was an “isolated incident,” the Miami Herald stated that there have been other reports of “suspected tampering of the powdered Enfamil in other states.” That prompted CVS to pull the powdered Enfamil off all its shelves nationwide, even though the company did not issue a recall.
One of the other incidents that were reported came from Arizona. A mother reported that “she found flour in her Enfamil that she bought at a Walmart.” It seems as though someone had previously purchased the canister of Enfamil, opened it up, switched out the contents, and then sealed it back up and returned it. Back in 2017, one woman was actually caught doing this and was charged with tampering. She was required to serve seven months on probation after detectives assigned to the case determined that she had “put flour in baby formula to return the “formula” for a refund.”
While tampering with a product is a serious crime that carries hefty penalties, having someone arrested and charged with an offense doesn’t change the fact that your baby was exposed to ingredients that could have been potentially harmful to them. So, if you ever experienced anything like this or have purchased a product in the past that has led to you or someone in your family becoming ill, contact Jackson, MS personal injury attorney William E. Ballard today.
We can review the details of your incident and determine if you have viable grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer or even the distributor of the product. Call us today at 769-572-5111 to schedule a consultation so that we can meet one-on-one and discuss the possibility of opening up a case.
You can reach Ballard Law, PLLC. at:
108 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201