Infectious Diseases: Salmonella & Starlac

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed, and the Borden Foods Co. agreed last week that all stocks of the company's powdered-milk product, Starlac, were to be recalled from stores. Reason: FDA microbiologists had found that some samples of Starlac contained salmonella bacteria, which can cause severe diarrheal disease. No cases of salmonellosis have yet been attributed to Starlac, but neither the FDA nor Borden was taking chances. The company also recalled powdered Frosted Shakes, packaged in the Starlac plant.

Starlac was not the first dried-milk product in which salmonella bacilli have been detected. Since the U.S. Public Health Service...

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