The authorities have recalled a batch of Dumex Mamil Gold Infant Formula Stage 1 as samples of the product were found to contain a harmful bacteria.
The Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has been working with Dumex since the supplier of the product was informed of the detection of the Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria from one specific batch (Batch No: 09117R1 Expiry: 11 September 2019), Dumex said in a statement on Tuesday (21 August).
In a statement on Monday night (20 August), AVA said the recall of the affected batch has been completed. AVA advised consumers who have bought the affected product not to consume it.
Dumex said, “We are currently investigating this issue on a high priority basis. We have in place stringent processes and conduct rigorous tests that are of international standards. This includes conducting tests before the product is shipped out of the factory to Singapore.”
According to the AVA statement, Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacterium that can survive dry conditions, such as dry food like infant formula and powdered milk. While infections from the bacteria are rare, they can be fatal to newborns as they may cause meningitis or sepsis, AVA said.
Infants who are infected with Cronobacter may show symptoms including fever, poor feeding or lethargy.
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