Microbiology specialist Lab M is launching the first product in its new range of dehydrated culture media for the isolation of Cronobacter sakazakii.
Formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii, this largely environmental organism has been associated with serious infections in newborns fed on infant formula milk. Lab M's range will include both broth and chromogenic media, and is designed to meet the various testing regimes of different laboratories.
The new medium, HAL012 Harlequin CSIM is a chromogenic medium and uses the formulation currently recommended as part of the isolation protocol under ISO/TS 22964:2006(E) for C. sakazakii in milk, infant formula and other milk products.
The main source of C. sakazakii contamination appears to be the manufacturing environment and the Microbiological Risk Assessment committee of the United Nations and World Health Organisation initiative for the management of food-borne pathogens recommends that plant hygiene management should include testing for enterobacteriaceae like C. sakazakii.
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