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Cronobacter sakazakii

CDC warns of Cronobacter in powdered milk, infant formula

In a refreshed warning this week, the government discusses Cronobacter contamination, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded consumers is sometimes found in powdered infant formulas, and to a lesser degree herbal teas, starches and powdered milk. Formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii — a germ found naturally in the environment that can survive in very dry conditions… Continue Reading

Cronobacter: FDA, CDC Find No Connection to Infant Formula

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 Centers 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… Continue Reading

Walmart Recalls Powdered Formula After Baby’s Death

As Missouri public health officials investigate the death of a 10-day-old infant who may have succumbed to a rare Cronobacter sakazakii (C. sakazakii) infection, Walmart said it is recalling a single batch of Enfamil powdered infant formula from its stores as a cautionary measure. Walmart announced that it was removing 12.5-ounce cans Enfamil Newborn powder… Continue Reading

On Cronobacter sakazakii

Cronobacter sakazakii is an environmental contaminant, which mostly affects only a small subset of the population, such as premature babies and infants under 1 year of age.  It is most notable for being associated with the deaths of neonates fed infant formula via naso-gastric tubing. Though it is ubiquitous in nature, only powdered infant formula… Continue Reading

Baby Formula Recalled in Middle East

Hero baby formula has been recalled in the United Arab Emerites (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait for potential contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria (formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii).   The recalls came after the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority found a batch of 150-gram Hero follow-up formula packages manufactured on May 12, 2009 and expiring… Continue Reading

Bacteria in Formula Poses Risk for Infants

In the October 30, 2009, edition of its weekly MMWR publication, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on an investigation in November, 2008, when Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria was isolated in two different infants.[1]  As recognized by the CDC, isolation of this organism from human specimens is rare and makes these cases notable. … Continue Reading

The Naming Of Cronobacter Sakazakii

“Classifications are theories about the basis of natural order, not dull catalogues compiled only to avoid chaos.”  Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life (1989), 98. Enterobacter sakazakii, a gram-negative bacillus, is a rare cause of bloodstream and central nervous system infections.  In 2007, following extensive study, it was proposed that the original taxonomy of Enterobacter sakazakii… Continue Reading