SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- South Korean government
has found harmful bacteria in a French powdered milk product that can pose
health risks to infants, local media reported on Friday.
According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, South
Korea's National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) discovered
traces of the enterobacter sakazaki (E.sakazaki) bacteria in a 135 kg package of
canned organic infant formula made by Vitagermine S.A..
The package imported late last month will likely be
destroyed, and the Korea Food and Drug Administration has been notified to check
sales of products made by Vitagermine that cleared inspections in the past,
From December 2007, the French company exported to
South Korea a total of eight shipments containing 1,492 kg of canned baby
formula. Six of those, totaling 1,222 kg, actually reached the market, according
The quarantine service under the farm ministry also
said it is carefully checking another 135 kg package that arrived last week for
E. sakazaki has been classified as a harmful strain
of bacteria by the World Health Organization posing health risks for people with
weak immune systems and newborn babies.
The NVRQS said on Thursday that it will conduct
thorough examinations of five future shipments by the French company as a