FDA Flags Contamination in Infant Formula Products

(IntegrityTimes.com) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a recall warning regarding three food products manufactured for infants that may be contaminated with Cronobacter.

Cronobacter is a bacteria that grows well in dry foods like powdered baby formula.

These products are meant for babies under one year old and weighing less than 12.4 oz. One brand is Crecelac Infant, a powdered goat milk formula.

Farmalac Baby Formula with iron has a warning, as does the low-lactose version of Farmalac.

The FDA has brought Cronobacter safety issues to the attention of parents and caregivers. The recall was issued on May 24, 2024. The products did not conform to all of the FDA’s requirements for baby formula.

Samples taken of Crecelac Infant Powdered Goat Milk Infant Formula on May 29 in Texas tested positive for Cronobacter.

Although the public is being warned about Farmalac products, Cronobacter has only been detected in the restricted sample. However, the business failed to file the necessary premarket paperwork to verify the formula’s safety and nutritional adequacy, so the products on the shelves entered the market illegally.

The FDA is working with the company and distributors on the recall so they would be unstocked in a safe and timely manner.

Sepsis and meningitis are illnesses of the central nervous system and circulation that the bacteria cronobacter can cause. Infants are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of bacterial infections, which can cause developmental delays, motor impairments, brain abscesses, and even death in extreme cases.

Symptoms of a Cronobacter infection in infants might include irritability, trouble feeding, irregular bowel motions, fever, grunting, or jaundice.

There are no reports of infants becoming ill after ingesting these products, so the recall is a precautionary measure.

The 2022 infant formula crisis, which resulted in the shutdown of an Abbott Nutrition facility owing to safety concerns, was primarily caused by cronobacter present in their formula.

According to a new study, the best way to find germs like Cronobacter in baby formula is to use a stratified sampling scheme, which involves taking samples at different times. This method beats random sampling in terms of manufacturing efficiency.

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