viernes, 6 de marzo de 2009

Bacteria found in French baby formula

Enterobacter sakazakii is a deadly pathogen for newborn babies
According to an AFP article, the Korean National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) detected a strain of bacteria called Enterobacter sakazaki in a shipment of 135 kg of canned organic baby formula imported last month from French producer, Vitagermine. However, the producer of the Babynat formula said that the batch was analyzed prior to shipment and no bacteria were found. According to the NVRQS, eight shipments of the product, weighing a total of 1,492 kg, have been imported into South Korea since Dec. 2007, and six of these shipments, totaling 1,222 kg, reached the market.
The Korean quarantine service has secured four cans for testing. Results are expected sometime this week, and the NVRQS may order a recall if contamination is found. The World Health Organization has deemed E. sakazaki harmful, especially for newborn babies and those with weak immune systems. The bacteria can cause meningitis, enteritis, and in serious cases lead to death.
Source of Article: http://www.ift.org/news_bin/news/news_home.shtml

4 comentarios:

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Magaly Toro I. dijo...

La presencia del patógeno Cronobacter sakazakii (nueva clasificacion taxonomica) en formulas infantiles representa un serio riesgo para la salud infantil. Se le ha asociado a enterocolitis necrotizante, sepsis y meningitis en neonatos, con una mortalidad que va desde el 40 al 100% de los afectados. Más del 90% de los niños afectados por meningitis desarrollan secuelas neurológicas irreversibles.
La presencia del patógeno en formula infantil y en alimento para infantes esta claramente asociada a brotes de la enfermedad alrededor del mundo. Si bien, el patógeno no se multiplica en formula infantil en polvo, dada la baja actividad de agua del producto, su presencia se vuelve peligrosa una vez reconstituida la formula, sobretodo considerando que el producto no es hervido, y es mantenido a temperatura de abuso por periodos variables.
Las recomendaciones de la Organización Mundial de la Salud para la preparación y reconstitución de formula infantil en polvo debieran seguirse tanto a nivel de hospitales como en casa, pero al mayoría de las personas desconoce estas recomendaciones. Para los interesados, se adjunta el documento publicado por la FAO/OMS con respecto a la preparación de la formula en polvo para lactantes:
http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/micro/pif_guidelines_sp.pdf

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