National Meat Association

Bacteria found in French baby formula

Source of Article:

2/23/2009-According to an AFP article, the Korean National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) detected a strain of bacteria called Enterobacter sakazaki in a shipment of 135 kg of canned organic baby formula imported last month from French producer, Vitagermine. However, the producer of the Babynat formula said that the batch was analyzed prior to shipment and no bacteria were found. According to the NVRQS, eight shipments of the product, weighing a total of 1,492 kg, have been imported into South Korea since Dec. 2007, and six of these shipments, totaling 1,222 kg, reached the market. The Korean quarantine service has secured four cans for testing. Results are expected sometime this week, and the NVRQS may order a recall if contamination is found.

The World Health Organization has deemed E. sakazaki harmful, especially for newborn babies and those with weak immune systems. The bacteria can cause meningitis, enteritis, and in serious cases lead to death.

AFP/Yahoo News article


Vitagermine release




Main Page

setstats            Copyright (C) All rights reserved under

            If you have any comments, please  send your email to