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New infant formula safety advice could prevent infant suffering
Published in Letters in Applied Microbiology
infant follow-on formulas are better reconstituted with fruit juice and
should be stored in the fridge at 4°C to prevent growth of meningitis
bacteria, according to recent research.
The results of a study, published today in the Society for Applied Microbiology journal,
Letters in Applied Microbiology, have shown that Cronobacter species do not grow in wheat-based infant formula stored at 4°C.
Cronobacter is a recently defined genus of bacteria and was previously known as
Cronobacter species have been frequently isolated from the environment
and various food products including infant formula. These bacteria have
been associated with infant meningitis, enteritis and septicaemia, so
prevention of infant's consumption is vital in maintaining their safety.
bugs will grow at 25°C or 37°C, but less so when the formula is made up
using apple or grape juice than when made up using water or milk.
is valuable information for parents, infant formula producers and
regulators and should be used when preparing and storing the
reconstituted wheat based infant formula. It is also important that
formula is prepared hygienically" said researcher Tareq Osaili.