This is “a precautionary measure”. This Saturday, the publicly Assistance Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) announced that the milk bank of Île-de-France, attached to the Necker Hospital was suspending distribution of breast milk from donations. At the root of this decision, a “suspicion of contamination of three very premature,” writes the AP-HP in a statement.
Since August 6, three newborns were contaminated by bacteria called “Bacillus Cereus”. “This is a common bacterium found in the environment, but can be serious in some very preterm or very vulnerable people,” said the AP-HP. Two of the infants died “without it being possible at this stage to say whether it’s the infection that is causing the worsening of their condition,” says the AP-HP, adding that third great premature is doing well.
reviews are under way
for now, the AP-HP ignores the exact origin of these three contamination. Analyses are currently underway. The results of these tests will be available at the latest by end of next week. Meanwhile, other thorough investigations are carried out.
These three very preterm All three received their breast milk supply origin issued by the milk bank of Île-de-France linked to the Necker hospital. It was therefore decided to suspend their distribution as a precaution, with batch recall. Although at this stage, “microbiological checks on milk delivered by the milk bank Necker (including those administered to three newborns affected) were all negative,” shows the AP-HP.
6000 liters of milk distributed each year
The milk donation is highly regulated. “The collected milk is pasteurized and controlled respecting the good practice guide,” the Necker Hospital on its website. Are made “bacteriological checks, virological (serology with respect to HIV, HCV …)” and a “fraud detection (search cow’s milk protein).”
Each year, lactarium of Île-de-France delivers 6,000 liters of milk. Premature receive this milk time that lactation their own mother to warm up or when the mother can not or does not wish to breastfeed, recalls the Necker Hospital. 90% of babies receiving the milk donations are premature babies. The remaining 10% of babies are hospitalized for serious disorders of the digestive system or another.