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Milk Based Powdered Infant Formulas

Audience: Pediatricians, Neonatologists

The FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) notified healthcare professionals about a growing body of information pertaining to Enterobacter sakazakii infections in neonates fed milk-based powdered infant formulas. In light of epidemiological findings, and the fact that powdered infant formulas are not commercially sterile products, FDA recommends that powdered infant formulas not be used in neonatal intensive care settings unless there is no alternative available.

[April 12, 2002 - Letter - FDA CFSAN]