Threat Of Cronobacter Contamination For Powder Infant Formula Rings Clear In Latest US Recall
Finding ‘One Of Most Troubling’ Pathogen Groups For Dry Foods Is ‘Needle In Haystack’
Reckitt's identification of Cronobacter sakazakii as contaminant in its 145,000-can Enfamil recall is latest clear statement about Cronobacter bacteria potentially disrupting supply of formula and other nutritionals distributed in powder form.
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Agency sends letters to manufacturers and other businesses involved in production and distribution “to assist industry in improving the microbiological safety of powdered infant formula.” Information from “routine surveillance inspections” of facilities and “for-cause inspections to follow up on consumer complaints” noted in letters.
Following reviews prompted largely by formula supply crisis, FDA will move Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and commissioner’s Office of Food Programs and Response to Human Foods Program headed by deputy commissioner. Office of Regulatory Affairs' structure also changing “to support the FDA organization as a whole,” says Commissioner Califf.
FDA submitted four questions for USDA committee's advice on strengthening prevention of cronobactera contaminations such as problem leading to Abbott facility shutdown earlier in 2022 and supply shortage still affecting US. "High mortality rate of infants infected with cronobacter sakazakii should be enough for consumers expect this issue to receive an urgent response,” Stop Foodborne Illness CEO Mitzi Baum tells FDA and USDA.