Singapore Recalls Popular Milk Company's Products Due To Possible Bacterium Infection

Friday, February 25th, 2022 | 555 Views

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) advised all public and private hospitals to stop the use of two products – the powdered infant formula, packaged in tins, and  human milk fortifier in sachets.

The first product, the tinned infant formula was recalled last Saturday while the sachets were recalled on Wednesday. These orders were issued by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to the milk company, due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport contamination. Both products are from the United States.

Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacterium found in the environment that can survive dry conditions, such as dry food like infant formula and powdered milk, said MOH.

The bacterium cannot be spread from person to person.

Meanwhile, Salmonella Newport is a bacterium that can be found in many foods, including vegetables, meat and processed food. Salmonella can be transmitted via the consumption of contaminated food.

“Investigations are ongoing to determine the extent of use of the implicated products in our hospitals,” said MOH.

To date, the hospitals have not reported any case of adverse events arising from the consumption of these products. MOH said it will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“The key to preventing Cronobacter and Salmonella infections lies in proper hygiene and preparation of formula milk,” said MOH.


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