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Tot foods health risk.

Byline: MIRROR REPORTER

BABY foods contain a bug that can trigger meningitis, a survey has shown.

The germ, Enterobacter Sakazakii, has been linked to outbreaks of the deadly brain infection at children's hospitals in the US and Europe.

It was found in powdered infant formula before but this is the first time it was detected in dried food.

Although uncommon, the death rate can be as high as one-third, New Scientist magazine said.

Premature babies and those with weak immune systems are at risk. Even babies who survive often suffer brain damage.

Dr Stephen Forsythe, who led the study, said it was a misconception that baby foods are sterile.

He said: "Bacteria doubles every 10 hours in a fridge but doubles every 30 minutes at room temperature. Formulas left overnight could become dangerous."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2004
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