In a rare move, the Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. residents to be aware of a baby food recall posted in recent days by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which reports illnesses have been reported in relation to the PC Organics products.
“The FDA is issuing this recall notice from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to alert U.S. consumers who may have purchased these products in Canada not to eat or serve them. The products under recall were manufactured specifically for the Canadian marketplace,” according to the FDA notice.
Loblaw Companies Ltd. initiated the recall for PC Organics baby food pouches Feb. 3 and expanded it Feb. 8 to include more than 30 products in a wide variety of flavors. A manufacturing error resulted in excess water in the product, which under certain circumstances could support the growth of Clostridium botulinum and pose a health risk, according to the Canadian recall notice.
Distribution of the recalled President’s Choice (PC) Organic baby food pouches has been confirmed for the following provinces and retailers:
Ontario: Fortinos, Loblaws, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, valu-mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores;
- Atlantic: Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Cash&Carry, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Your Independent Grocer, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores;
- Québec: Club entrepôt, Maxi, Maxi & Cie, Presto, Provigo, Provigo le Marché, AXEP, Pharmaprix, and Intermarché; and
- West: Extra Foods, Loblaws City Market, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Your Independent Grocer, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores.
“Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick,” according to the FDA notice.
“Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.”
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