NAFDAC cautions against infant formula linked to foodborne illness.

Written by on March 5, 2022

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned the public about certain powdered infant formulas linked to foodborne illness.

The warning was made in a public alert No. 008/2022, signed by the Director-General of the agency, Mrs Moji Adeyeye in Abuja on Friday.

Adeyeye stated that the warning was due to the presence of Cronobacter Sakazakii and Salmonella newport bacteria, as notified by Abbott, to the agency.

She said that Cronobacter bacteria could cause severe life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis, adding that the symptoms included poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths and abnormal movement in infants.

She added that the infection could also lead to bowel damage and might spread through the blood to other parts of the body.

Adeyeye said Salmonella bacteria causes gastrointestinal illness, fever, might lead to diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Seun Fakorede


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