The natural habitat for Cronobacter is unknown, but can survive in extremely dry conditions. According to the CDC, it has been found in a variety of dry foods, including powdered infant formula,milk powder, herbal teas and starches. Illness associated with Cronobacter infections are rare but can be lethal for infants, elderly and immunocompromised individuals.
Under current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) specifically for infant formula, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires testing for Salmonella and Cronobacter. In addition, manufacturers must notify FDA about new formulas, including major changes to formulas, and meet recordkeeping requirements.
Mérieux NutriSciences offers testing for Cronobacter sp. utilizing the FDA BAM Chapter 29 method, ISO 22964 and BAX® methods.
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