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Health Canada infant formula

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

"Whenever possible, an alternative to powdered formulas, such as ready-to-feed and concentrated liquid formulas, should be chosen in the [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit] setting," a Health Canada advisory recommends. The Sept. 26 action responds to incidence of worldwide Enterobacter sakazakii infection in hospitals resulting from milk-based, powdered infant formulas, which "are not commercially sterile products." When powdered formula must be used, Health Canada suggests they be safely prepared by trained personnel using sterilized water, adding "proper sanitation should be adhered to at all times." FDA issued a similar alert in April (1"The Tan Sheet" April 15, 2002, In Brief)...

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