• Mead Johnson & Co., of Evansville, Ind., recently issued a national mailing informing pediatricians and general practitioners that a report claiming contamination of ProSobee is false.

Late last month, a suburban Chicago mother purchased a can of ProSobee in an outlet store of a local food supermarket chain. She claimed that suspicious substances in the formula had made her child ill. The supermarket chain — Jewel Food Stores — is involved in another investigation regarding the sale of milk contaminated with salmonella bacteria and removed the ProSobee inventory from its shelves.

Mead Johnson tests of ProSobee samples have turned out negative, states a company spokesman. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating the issue.

ProSobee is designed for children who allergic to milk.

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