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Microbial Testing Services

Category Press Release
Publish Date 1/26/2023
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Infant Formula Recalled Due to Possible Health Concerns
Introduction MPL Laboratories offers microbial testing services in its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility to protect consumers and to help prevent costly product recalls.
Sparta, New Jersey, January 26, 2023

Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about the voluntary recall of 5 batches of a brand of powdered infant formula because of a possible health risk. The company announced the recall was due to the potential for cross-contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii.

Even though the company had no reports of illnesses, the company disclosed it took this action because one test sample collected from the third-party packaging facility tested positive for Cronobacter sakazakii. As a result, the company has recalled all product produced during that entire production run.

According to the recall notice:
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine). Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and abnormal movements. Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body. 

Working to protect consumers and to help companies identify microbial issues to prevent contaminated products from reaching consumers, and the high costs so often associated with these types of recalls, are the scientists at MPL Laboratories. MPL operates an FDA and DEA registered testing facility that offers cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant microbial testing services. These services can be essential for testing raw ingredients, production processes and surfaces, and final products. MPL’s services are available to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, importers, regulatory agencies, and health care providers.

To learn more about microbial testing or other food, supplement, pharmaceutical, cosmetic or consumer product services provided by MPL Laboratories, please visit, call (800) 548-1874 or email

About MPL Laboratories
MPL Laboratories (formerly Marypaul Laboratories) was founded in 1985 as a full-service microbiology laboratory. It is cGMP compliant, FDA and DEA registered, ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by PJLA, and NJDEP certified. MPL’s staff includes M.S. and B.S. degreed microbiologists and other dedicated scientists. The microbiology testing laboratory serves the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, personal care and food industries. MPL aims to provide its clients with high quality, reliable test data in a timely manner. The laboratory is part of the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network of laboratories across the United States and Canada. 
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