September 25, 2016

CDC Informs About Cronobacter in Infant Formula

Last week, the CDC issued a new report informing consumers about the possible presence of Cronobacter, formerly called Enterobacter sakazaki, a pathogen found in the environment that can survive under very dry conditions. Bacteria usually need a certain amount of free water in food products to survive. This bacteria has been found in the past in powdered infant formula, powdered milk, herbal teas, and starches, which are foods not usually associated with bacterial contamination. The government is especially concerned about infants, who are more susceptible to serious complications from bacterial infections. In fact, Cronobacter infections are often deadly in young infants. Three are only about 4 to 6 cases from Cronobacter every year in infants, but reporting this illness isn't … [Read more...]

Retailers Restock Enfamil Baby Formula

Walgreens, Kroger, and Supervalu have restocked their shelves with Mead Johnson's Enfamil baby formula after it was cleared by the FDA. The product was not the source of a Cronobacter infection that sickened four infants in December 2011. Enfamil formula was pulled from shelves after a Missouri infant died from a Cronobacter infection in December. Wal-Mart Stores are still deciding when to restock the product. On December 31, 2011, U.S. regulators cleared the formula after extensive testing. Four infants, in Illinois, Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma, became will with Cronobacter within a few weeks, which triggered the recall. There are usually only about five cases of Cronobacter infection in the United States every year. A cluster of four cases was alarming. Other brands of … [Read more...]

FDA Says No Trace of Cronobacter in Enfamil Formula

The FDA has said they have found no trace of Cronobacter in Enfamil powdered baby formula. The formula was voluntarily recalled last week when a 10-day-old Missouri infant died after being fed the formula. Four infants became ill with Cronobacter, which only rarely causes illness. Two infants, one in Florida and one in Missouri, died of Cronobacter illness in the last two weeks. Two other infants developed Cronobacter infection, but have since recovered. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a joint statement on Friday which states, "Based on test results to date, there is no need for a recall of infant formula, and parents may continue to use powdered infant formula, following the manufacturer's directions on the printed label." Cronobacter was … [Read more...]

Cronobacter Is Rare But Often Deadly For Infants

A newborn boy in Missouri lost his life this week after contacting a rare bacterial infection from a  foodborne pathogen called Cronobacter sakazakii. He had been fed Enfamil Newborn powder bought at a Walmart store in Lebanon, Missouri. After learning of his death, the store, and 3,000 other Walmarts nationwide pulled the product from their shelves. The manufacturer of the formula, Mead Johnson Nutrition based in Glenview, Ill., said its records show that the formula in question came from a lot that tested negative for the bacterium before it was shipped. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are all investigating the case. In infants, Cronobacter causes septicemia … [Read more...]

Wal-Mart Pulls Infant Formula From Shelves Nationwide

Wal-Mart has taken a batch of Enfamil powdered infant formula off store shelves nationwide out of "an abundance of caution" after a newborn baby in Missouri died of a bacteria infection after he was fed the product. No recall has been ordered for the formula, which is 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn Powder, lot number ZP1K7G. The manufacturer, Mead Johnson Nutrition, tested the lot for bacteria before it was shipped and claims it tested negative. The company has re-tested that lot and tests were negative. The formula was purchased at a Wal-Mart store in Lebanon, Missouri. Late last week, 10-day-old Avery Cornett was hospitalized after appearing to develop a stomachache and showing signs of lethargy. Tests at St. John's Hospital-Springfield revealed he was infected with Cronobacter … [Read more...]

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