Stop Foodborne Illness request that FDA and CDC add Cronobacter sakazakii Nationally Notifiable Disease List

Mitzi Baum, the CEO of Stop Foodborne Illness, sent a letter to Dr. Rochelle Walenski, the Director of CDC, and Dr. Robert Califf, the FDA commissioner requesting that Cronobacter sakazakii be added to the Nationally Notifiable Disease List. As a result of the current outbreak of infant formula contaminated with the organism, at least five children were affected, with two dead. In the letter, she claims, “ The lack of inclusion of this devastating pathogen on the Nationally Notifiable Disease List only adds to the potential underreporting of illness … Lack of reporting also reduces the chances that FDA will become aware of incidents that need a swift response and corrective action to protect infants.” Dr. Baum demands that Cronobacter sakazakii get the same notification requirements as Listeria monocytogenes. @


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