FDA warns Mead Johnson about Enfamil package

By Dow Jones Newswires
Posted Oct. 26, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.

The Food and Drug Administration warned Mead Johnson Nutrition Co.  about the packaging for some of the company’s Enfamil infant formulas.

In a letter dated Oct. 18 that was posted to the agency’s Web site Tuesday, FDA said Mead Johnson didn’t give the FDA product specifications about a new plastic tub and lid used to store certain types of powdered Enfamil.

Earlier this year, Mead Johnson introduced a reusable tub for Enfamil formula that allows consumers to buy refill packages of formula to store in the container.

The FDA said the plastic tub is a “food contact surface.” This would require the company to “evaluate the effect of changes in processing conditions that could affect the level of nutrients in the finished product,” FDA said.

The FDA said Mead Johnson did notify the agency in February about its plans to start making powdered formula in “multiserve pouches,” but didn’t provide an evaluation of the plastic used for the tub and lid.

The warning letter stemmed from an inspection of a Mead Johnson plant in September.

A Mead Johnson spokeswoman wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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One comment:

  1. urbantwang Oct. 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Not to mention most moms strongly dislike the new packaging. There’s 2 ounces less formula in each container for the same high price. The #5 polyethylene plastic isn’t accepted at my recycling plant so this can is ending up in a landfill now. Add this to the new process of opening container, opening plastic bag, pouring plastic bag into container & then removing plastic around the scooper. No busy mom has time to do all this when a hungry baby is crying. Who was in charge of this new design focus group? Did they call in a bunch of college frat boys or people with no experience feeding babies? Real moms hate this new package.