FDA Warns Against Leaky Baby Food

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

By Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: January 14, 2010




WASHINGTON — The FDA is warning consumers about two brands of baby food recalled because of leaking and swollen packaging that may indicate bacterial contamination.

Nurture recalled plastic pouches of its 3.5 oz HAPPYBABY Stage 1 and Stage 2 and 4.22 oz HAPPYTOT Stage 4 baby food products because of the defects. Consuming the product could cause illness if the baby food is contaminated.

Although no cases have been reported so far, the FDA asked the company to test its manufacturing processes after receiving complaints of and testing for swollen or leaking food pouches.

Included in the recall are the following products, with expiration dates from October 2010 to January 2011:

HAPPYTOT Green bean, pear & peas, UPC 8 52697 00127 9

HAPPYTOT Sweet potato, carrot, apple & cinnamon, UPC 8 52697 00128 6

HAPPYTOT Spinach, mango & pear, UPC 8 52697 00129 3

HAPPYTOT Butternut squash & apple, UPC 8 52697 00130 9

HAPPYTOT Banana, peach, coconut & prunes, UPC 8 52697 00131 6

HAPPYTOT Banana, peach & mango, UPC 8 52697 00132 3

HAPPYBABY Mango, UPC 8 52697 00134 7

HAPPYBABY Apricot sweet potato, UPC 8 52697 00136 1

Any poorly-packaged, swollen, or leaking pouches of HAPPYBABY Stage 1 or Stage 2 or HAPPYTOT Stage 4 should be discarded immediately in a way that will prevent people and pets from acquiring them, the FDA recommended.

Parents of affected children or other consumers who have eaten the product and become ill should contact a healthcare professional immediately and report the incident to the FDA district office and the company, the agency said.