Whitepaper: Cronobacter in the spotlight
Report on a Webinar on Cronobacter spp. which was identified as causative agent in foodborne outbreaks, especially leading to severe infections, and even death, in infants.
Cronobacter in the Spotlight: New Insights Into a Known Organism!
Report summarizes the Webinar and provides an overview about Cronobacter spp. which is generally known to survive for long times in dry environments and can also form biofilms. Due to these characteristics the genus is ubiquitous in the environment, and has been isolated from different sources: water, soil, dust, cereals, animal products, herbs, spices and others. Cronobacter spp. (formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii) was also identified as causative agent in foodborne outbreaks, esp. leading to severe infections, and even death, in infants. Since the majority of cases are in neonates and even premature neonates, the main food product involved is powdered infant formula for babies of 0-6 months. The organism is very robust in surviving dry conditions and is even more difficult to control in dry factory environments than Salmonella. The persistence of these organisms also led to re-occurring outbreaks, fortunately not frequently, but consistent.