USDA Examines Potential Production Regulation Changes To Prevent Powder Formula Contamination
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods schedules hearing for 15 November to consider a report from FDA on presence of Cronobacter species bacteria in powder formula products.
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