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Lancet. 2004 Jan 3;363(9402):39-40.

Occurrence of Enterobacter sakazakii in food production environments and households.

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Wageningen University, Laboratory of Food Microbiology, PO Box 8129, 6700 EV, Wageningen, Netherlands. Chantal.Kandhai@wur.nl

Abstract

Enterobacter sakazakii occasionally causes illness in premature babies and neonates. Contamination of infant formulae during factory production or bottle preparation is implicated. Advice to health-care professionals focuses on bottle preparation, but the effectiveness of prevention depends on the degree of contamination and contamination sites, which are generally unknown. To keep contamination to a minimum in the finished product depends on knowledge of the occurrence of E sakazakii. We used a refined isolation and detection method to investigate the presence of this micro-organism in various food factories and households. Environmental samples from eight of nine food factories and from five of 16 households contained E sakazakii. The widespread nature of this micro-organism needs to be taken into account when designing preventive control measures.

PMID:
14723994
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(03)15169-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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