Enterobacter species commonly occur in the environment and are recognized as opportunistic human pathogens in clinical settings. However, with the exception of Enterobacter sakazakii (Cronobacter), Enterobacter species are not normally considered foodborne pathogens. Cronobacter are particularly associated with illness in infants, particularly within the first 3 months after birth. Therefore, although Cronobacter are found in a wide range of fresh and dried food materials, it is their contamination of the infant formula production chain that is the major cause for concern. Cronobacter are noted for their ability to survive during desiccation and their persistence in dried infant food for at least 2 years.
|Title of host publication||Reference Module in Food Sciences|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 06 Oct 2015|