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Revista chilena de nutrición

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PARRA F, Julio et al. Risk of Cronobacter Sakazakii contamination in powdered milk for infant nutrition. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2015, vol.42, n.1, pp.83-89. ISSN 0717-7518.

Introduction: Cronobacter spp. is a bacterial genus that includes 7 species; Cronobacter sakazakii is the clinical specie that is the most reported and associated with meningitis and septicemia in infants. Given that it is transmitted by powdered infant formula (PIF), the WHO recommends that this product be free of Cronobacter, whereas the Chilean Food Sanitary Regulation (RSA) does not consider it. Objective: To assess the risk of C. sakazakii in PIF for consumption by infants. Methodology: A total of 72 PIF samples were analyzed using three brands originating from three countries. Aerobic plate count (APC), Enterobacteriaceae (ENT), and most probable number (MPN) were performed using the methodology described by Puch and Ito (2001). Cronobacter differential agar was used to isolate strains (DFI, Oxoid, England), and the ID32E biochemical kit (Biomeriux, France) was used for phenotyping. The pathogen was identified and genotyped by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) based on the criteria found at Results: Median APC for step 1 and preterm PIF was 300 CFU/g (10-36 000) and 650 CFU (70-30 000), respectively and was higher in Chilean PIF (p=0.016). There were no significant differences for type, country or PIF brand in 75 CFU/g (10-36 000) and 200 CFU/g (10-1 000) ETN (p>0.05). Two strains from two different lots with characteristic strains in DFI agar were identified as C. sakazakii with 0.23 and 2.3 MPN/g. In addition, Franconibacter helveticus, specie closely related to Cronobacter spp, was found in two other strains. Conclusions: The prevalence of Cronobacter sakazakii in all the samples was 2.7% isolated only in PIFs manufactured in Chile. The absence of Cronobacter spp in 25 g must be included in the Chilean RSA.

Keywords : Cronobacter sakazakii; powdered infant formula; infants.

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