FDA calls on baby formula industry to prevent bacterial illnesses

The FDA is asking companies to notify the agency when a formula product tests positive for salmonella or Cronobacter sakazakii.

(CNN)Leaders at the US Food and Drug Administration have issued a new call to action to the infant formula industry to protect babies from illnesses caused by Salmonella and Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria.

"This letter is intended to assist industry in improving the microbiological safety of powdered infant formula," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf and Susan Mayne, the director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, wrote in the letter Wednesday.