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Recall of Certain Jars of Earth's Best Baby Food Due to the Risk of Contamination with Clostridium botulinum

Background

On 16 February 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers of not to use certain jars of Earth's Best baby food because of the risk of contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which could cause botulism, a life-threatening illness, or death. The affected product was sold in single individual jars and in variety packs. The product is intended for babies 6 months and older. Consumers were warned not to use the product even if it did not look or smell spoiled. According to the FDA, Hain Celestial Group initiated a recall of the food and the recall is ongoing.

The baby food products involved are as follows:

Baby Food

UPC Code

Lid

Expiration Date

Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast (4.5 ounce jars)

23923-20223

PF6J14NP

EXP 14 SEP 08 A

Earth's Best Organic 2 Wholesome Breakfast Variety Pack (12 pack)

23923-20295

 

13 SEP 08

Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley (4.5 ounce jars within 12 pack)

23923-20223

PF6J14 NP

EXP 14 SEP 08 A

Actions Taken by the CFS

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has liaised with the local trade to see whether the products are available locally. Initial findings suggested that some of the products are sold in certain retail outlets. Investigation is ongoing to see whether the affected batches have been on sale.

What is Clostridium botulinum?

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium commonly found in soil. Under certain conditions, these bacteria can produce a toxin that if ingested can result in botulism, a disease that may cause paralysis or death. Initial symptoms may include blurred vision and difficulty in swallowing and speaking.

Advice to the Trade

  • Stop selling the above affected Earth’s Best baby food products.

Advice to Consumers

  • Consumers who have purchased the affected products should not consume them.
  • Seek medical advice if necessary.

Further Information

Further information about the incident can be obtained from the following webpages:

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
17 February 2007

 

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