According to recent research, wheat-based infant follow-on formulas are better reconstituted with fruit juice & should be stored in the fridge at 4°C to prevent growth of meningitis bacteria. The results of a study, have shown that Cronobacter species do not grow in wheat-based infant formula stored at 4°C. It has been published in the Society for Applied Microbiology journal & Letters in Applied Microbiology.
Cronobacter is a new defined genus of bacteria and was previously known as Enterobacter sakazakii. Cronobacter species have been commonly isolated from the environment and various food products including infant formula. These bacteria have been linked with infant meningitis, septicaemia & enteritis, so prevention of infant's consumption is vital in maintaining their safety.
These bugs will grow at 25°C or 37°C, but less so when the formula is made up using grape or apple juice than when made up using water or milk.
"This is extremely valuable information for parents, infant formula producers and regulators & should be used when preparing and storing the reconstituted wheat based infant formula. It is also important that formula is prepared hygienically" said researcher Tareq Osaili.
12 March, 2012