North Carolina mom says child got sick after baby formula she bought turned out to be flour
August 14, 2019
A mom in Charlotte, N.C., was shocked to discover that the baby formula she recently purchased was actually flour.
Madeline Roque said her 9-month-old daughter Adeline was crying, vomiting and refusing her bottle.
“Yesterday she was a completely different baby,” Roque said. “I just knew something was wrong.”
In an attempt to figure out the problem, she checked the baby formula she had purchased from Walmart.
“I looked at the milk and I realize something’s definitely weird, the color is different, the texture was different,” Roque said.
She let the mixture stand and noticed that it separated after a while, which baby formula doesn’t do.
“And then when I poured the bottle into the sink, I saw how it got. That’s when it hit me,” Roque said. “I saw how it clumped up and I’m like ‘Oh my God, my daughter’s stomach is just the same or worse.’”
She came to the conclusion that the formula was actually flour, and notified Walmart about the incident. There have been several recent instances where baby formula was swapped for flour and returned to shelves, including by an Arizona couple who was arrested last month.
Walmart told WCNC in a statement that store policy is to not put returned items back on the shelves to be sold, but they are investigating the incident.