Chemicals used in soy products are causing problems for consumers, including a chemical linked to a rare coronavirus that is also found in some baby formula.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that it has detected an “avalanche of novel coronaviruses” in a wide range of foods and products that have been made with soy products.
The agency says the pandemic has resulted in more than 100 deaths from coronaviral infections and thousands of hospitalizations in the United States.
“This is a significant health threat to consumers and the public at large,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement.
“In recent weeks, the CDC has reported more than 4,700 new coronavirectomies, with nearly one in three of those being linked to soy products.”
The new coronavalcid coronavillae are made by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis and cause a mild illness in people with weakened immune systems.
They are typically spread through contact with infected animals.
The virus has been found in at least two cases of Japanese baby formula and a baby formula made with other soy products including soy milk, soy yogurt, soy cream and soy oil.
It also has been detected in infant formula.
While the agency says there have been no deaths associated with soy product exposure, it noted that “several cases of severe illness and death have been reported in individuals who had consumed these products” in the past year.
In addition to the possible impact on babies, the new coronas have been linked to other health problems, including chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, blood clots in the lungs and severe reactions to medications such as prednisone.
“We are deeply concerned about the emergence of novel or emerging new coronavia infections, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Frieden added.
The CDC also reported that a third of all infant formulas sold in the U.S. are now contaminated with Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that causes anthrax.
The agency said that its testing of infant formulas for the novel coronava has found that they contain “the highest levels of Bacillus spores and the highest levels” of the coronavavirus.
The CDC said in February that the agency is launching a national campaign to alert parents and consumers about the dangers of soy products and its products.
It also is launching an online tool called SoyBoomer that is designed to help consumers determine if their child or baby formula is contaminated with coronaviris.