Occurrence of Enterobacter sakazakii in food production environments and households

M.C. Kandhai, M.W. Reij, L.G.M. Gorris, O. Guillaume-Gentil, M. van Schothorst

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-40
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number9402
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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