Plum Organics Recalls Baby Food

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Alerts & Recalls

Plum Organics issued a recall of a batch of Apple & Carrot Baby Food in Portable Pouches, expiration date May 21, 2010, UPC# 890180001221. Credit: Plum Organics

Baby food maker Plum Organics has issued a voluntary recall of a portion of the Apple and Carrot Baby Food in Portable Pouches currently on shelves.

According to a company press release, an incorrect mix of the apples and carrots in one particular batch of the food created a risk for botulism contamination.

Food-borne botulism represents 15 percent of the cases of botulism in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it can be fatal. Often associated with home canning mishaps, the creation of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria which causes botulism most often crops up when low-acid content foods are canned. Although Plum Organics' food scientist Dr. Paul Gerhardt said there was a minimal risk in this case, he admitted this batch does not meet the FDA's guidelines for proper acidity level.A spokesperson for Plum Organics told ParentDish there have been no illnesses reported. "This voluntary recall was undertaken as a precaution due to the risk of potential contamination and nothing more," said company spokesperson Katie Sobel. "As a further precaution, samples from every Plum Organics product manufactured before and after this batch were tested and found to be within quality standards."

The batch in question carries a best-by-date of May 21, 2010 and the UPC # 890180001221. Parents are being advised not to use the packages. The Apples and Carrot Baby Food in Portable Patches being recalled were all sold at Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations and can be returned to the stores for a full refund. No other foods in the Plum Organics line are affected.

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