Publisher’s Platform: For babies’ sake, make Cronobacter sakazakii reportable
— OPINION —
The Abbott infant formula recall could have been prevented. The FDA had reports of safety failures months before the contaminated formula sickened babies and caused two deaths.
I sent these T-shirts to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, which is tasked to make recommendations as to what pathogens are reportable. I also sent this message: “I hope that these T-shirts will be a reminder of the awesome responsibility that this council has to protect the public.”
The head of the FDA said in testimony to congress months ago:
“The CDC receives reports on foodborne disease outbreaks from state, local, and territorial health departments. On average, CDC receives two to four Cronobacter case reports annually; however, because Cronobacter infection is not reportable in most states, the total number of cases that occur in the United States each year is not known.”
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