Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Enterobacter Sakazakii found in Sanlu formula in China

I wrote recently here about the worryingly common occurrence of formula being contaminated. While the case of melamine in formula in China, apparently originating from milk supplies, is particularly serious, other contamination has resulted in deaths and the general inferiority of formula leads to increased risk of short and long-term illness and health disadvantages. Around the world 1.5 million babies die every year due to inappropriate feeding.

A case in point, is contamination of powdered formula with Enterobacter Sakazakii. A Belgian child was killed by such contamination in Nestlé formula in 2001 - and Nestlé still refuses to warn parents of this risk. See:

According to a new report, the Fronterra/Sanlu milk in China has also tested positive for Enterobacter Sakazakii. See:

Fronterra/Sanlu has been pushing formula in ways that breach international marketing standards, as have European countries, such as Swiss Nestlé and Dutch Nutricia (now owned by Danone). See:


Rob A - FSA link said...

Andrew Wadge, the Food Standards Agency Chief Scientist has blogged about the Chinese milk scandal (click on rob a link above).

I have submitted this comment:
"I understand that the Sanlu milk in China has also tested positive for Enterobacter Sakazakii, and that this has occurred in Europe in the past too.
Do you agree that the British public should be told that formula milk is not sterile and poses such a risk?"

rob a - fsa link2 said...

A week later, and my comment has appeared (linked above in rob a - fsa link2).

I'd hoped for a reply...