The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission that Holle Baby Food GmbH has initiated a recall of certain batches of five kinds of baby porridge (including the above four) as the products were detected with atropine at levels between 3.73 parts per billion (ppb) and 31.9 ppb, exceeding the maximum permitted level of 0.025 ppb set by the European Union. According to the notification, some of the affected products were exported to Hong Kong.
Atropine is a kind of tropane alkaloids. Consumption of the aforesaid products contaminated with atropine may cause short-term adverse effects, for example, dilated pupils, change of heart rate, dryness of the mouth, constipation, urinary retention, and flushed skin. The chemicals present will be excreted from the body and therefore there are no long term health effects.