jueves, 5 de enero de 2012

Cronobacter: FDA, CDC find no connection to infant formula

FDA and CDC tested various types of powdered infant formula and distilled water, known as nursing water, and found no contamination by Cronobacter sakazakii.

There is no evidence linking four ongoing Cronobacter sakazakii infections in infants across four states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in a joint news release Friday.

Based on their investigation, the agencies see no need for a recall of infant formula. Parents may continue to feed powdered formula to their infants, the news release said.

In a precautionary move, Walmart recalled Enfamil-brand powdered baby formula from its stores nationwide on December 22, after a 10-day old boy died from Cronobacter infection in Missouri. According to Mead Johnson Nutrition, the formula manufacturer, the recalled batch tested negative for the bacteria before it went to stores.

The CDC said it found Cronobacter sakazakii in an opened container of infant formula, an opened bottle of nursery water and prepared infant formula provided by the Missouri Department of Health, but was not certain how the foods became contaminated. In a follow-up, the FDA tested factory-sealed containers of formula and nursery water from the same batches and found no Cronobacter.

The other three infections have occurred in Florida, Illinois and Oklahoma. The infant in Florida died. The CDC also found that the Cronobacter bacteria in the Missouri and Illinois cases differ genetically, which suggests they are not related. The agency said it could not obtain bacteria from the Oklahoma or Florida cases to analyze.

 After inspecting the facilities that manufactured the formula and nursery water, the FDA said it found no Cronobacter there, either.

The CDC said that Cronobacter may multiply in formula after the powder is mixed with water, and the agency recommends mixing fresh formula for each feeding session. The agency also recommends breastfeeding whenever possible.

Source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com

Aporte : Fernando Fuentes Pinochet

No hay comentarios.: