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Warning on infant formula with possible Enterobacter sakazakii contamination

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) today (February 17) advised people not to consume certain batches of infant formula manufactured in France suspected of being contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii.

EU authorities informed CFS today that the manufacturer concerned was recalling the product, as the South Korean authorities had found Enterobacter sakazakii in the concerned product.

Details of the product are as follows:

Manufacturer: Vitagermine
Product name: Babynat Organic Infant Milk (Lait en poudre pour bébé Babynat 1 ) (900g)
Bar code: 3288131502014
Lot number: 17381
Expiry date: 13/10/2010

Enterobacter sakazakii can be found in the environment, but it generally causes disease only in people with weakened immune systems. Enterobacter sakazakii can cause invasive infection such as bacteria in blood or meningitis. Neonates (28 days old or below) and infants less than 2 months of age, in particular pre-term infants, low-birth-weight infants (
"Based on information collected, the affected product has been imported into Hong Kong. The centre will continue its investigations," a CFS spokesman said.

"The CFS has alerted the trade to stop selling the particular product and is closely monitoring the situation. For more information on Enterobacter sakazakii, please browse the risk in brief on our website."
[Website: http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/programme/programme_rafs/programme_rafs_fm_02_04.html]

Ends/Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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