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Sparta, NJ 07871

Phone: 973-300-9715
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Category Press Release
Publish Date 4/23/2024
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Recalled Due to Potential Microbial Contamination
Introduction MPL Laboratories offers microbial and sterility testing services at its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility to protect consumers from exposure risks and to help prevent costly product recalls.

Sparta, NJ, February 6, 2024

Both the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada recently published information about the recall of a brand of hypoallergenic infant formula in each country. The manufacturer reported that the recall of specific batches of the infant formula was due to a possibility of contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii in product sampled outside of the United States.


According to the FDA 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.


The products were sold by retail stores and consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled batches. Fortunately, the company had no reports of illnesses in either the United States or Canada at the time of the recall posting.


Dedicated to helping 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 registered and DEA licensed testing facility that offers cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant sterility and microbial testing services. These services can be essential for testing raw ingredients, production processes and surfaces, and final products. These services are available to manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulatory agencies, health care providers and the general public.


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 ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by PJLA, FDA and DEA registered, and NJDEP certified. MPL’s staff includes a P.h.D, Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, 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 network of laboratories located across the United States and Canada. 
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