October 16, 2019

President’s Choice Lower Iron Powdered Infant Formula Recalled

President's Choice Lower Iron Powdered Infant Formula is being recalled in Canada for Cronobacter. This product was sold nationally at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is President's Choice Lower Iron milk based powdered infant formula, sold in 900 gram containers. The UPC number on the product is 0 60383 69839 3, and the codes are EXP 2021 AU 29. This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. A food safety investigation is being conducted, which may lead to the recall of more products. Cronobacter does not change the taste, smell, texture or appearance of food. This bacteria is not usually linked to human illnesses, but it can case fatal infections. It is associated … [Read more...]

Parent’s Choice Infant Formula Recalled For Foreign Material

Perrigo Company is recalling about 23,338 containers of 35 ounce, 992 gram containers of Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron because there may be foreign material in the product, more specifically, pieces of metal. This could pose a choking hazard, or mouth injury hazard. A single lot of the product is recalled. No adverse events have been reported to the company to date. This recall is being issued "out of an abundance of caution" after a consumer report was received. The recalled product is Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron. This product was sold exclusively at Walmart. The lot number of the product is C26EVFV. The formula is sold in 35 ounce (992 gram) containers. The use by date on the formula is February 26, 2021, … [Read more...]

FDA Alerts Consumers About Bobbie Baby Infant Formula

The FDA has issued a health alert to consumers about Bobbie Baby infant formula. The product was manufactured in Germany and exported to the United States. The products do not provide adequate nutrition levels for some infants. The babies most at risk include infants who are born prematurely or with a low birth weight, with low iron levels at birth, and for those who are at risk for becoming iron deficient due to illness. Inadequate iron intake can lead to iron deficiency anemia, which can cause irreversible damage to cognitive and functional development. The recalled product is Bobbie Milk-Based Powder Companion Formula. The product is sold in a 14.1 ounce (400 gram) packages. The packaging is in green and brown cardboard boxes, with 2, 4, or 8 unites per box, with the Bobbie logo. … [Read more...]

PediaSmart Dairy Vanilla Recalled for Product Measurement Problem

Nature’s One of Lewis Center, OH has issued a recall for PediaSmart Dairy Vanilla complete nutrition beverage powder because of product measurement problems. The included scoop is too small and will result in delivering only 60 percent of the nutritional content. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. The recalled product was sold in 12.7 ounce cans, with UPC7 16514 88101 0 and best by date 1 DEC 2017. Click the preceding link for more detailed information.     … [Read more...]

Nanoparticles Found in Baby Formula

According to Friends of the Earth, infant formulas sold in the United States contain nanoparticles, which are very small compounds. Research shows that these nanoparticles may pose threats to human health. Friends of the Earth commissioned independent lab analysis that found these particles in six infant formulas that were tested. These nanoparticles are not indicated on the label and they are not regulated by the FDA. The FDA is supposed to regulate baby formulas and making sure they are safe, but the government does not approve the safety of infant formulas before they are marketed.. They only require that the formulas meet nutritional requirements and are screened for pathogens. The rules don't include screening for potentially toxic synthetic ingredients. The products that … [Read more...]

CDC Informs About Cronobacter in Infant Formula

Last week, the CDC issued a new report informing consumers about the possible presence of Cronobacter, formerly called Enterobacter sakazaki, a pathogen found in the environment that can survive under very dry conditions. Bacteria usually need a certain amount of free water in food products to survive. This bacteria has been found in the past in powdered infant formula, powdered milk, herbal teas, and starches, which are foods not usually associated with bacterial contamination. The government is especially concerned about infants, who are more susceptible to serious complications from bacterial infections. In fact, Cronobacter infections are often deadly in young infants. Three are only about 4 to 6 cases from Cronobacter every year in infants, but reporting this illness isn't … [Read more...]

FDA Proposes Limit for Inorganic Arsenic in Infant Cereal

The FDA has proposed a limit for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that exists in both organic and inorganic forms. Inorganic arsenic is more toxic to the human body. Consumption of inorganic arsenic is associated with cancer, skin lesions, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Poor pregnancy outcomes and neurodevelopment toxicity are also concerns. In July 2013, the FDA released a draft quantitative assessment of lifetime risk of certain cancers associated with exposure to inorganic arsenic in apple juice. Guidance for industry keeps the level of inorganic arsenic in that product to 10 parts per billion. Rice products are a focus for the FDA because the plant takes up arsenic in the soil as it grows. Relative to body weight, rice … [Read more...]

In Canada, Infant Formula May Have Been Tampered With

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers to use caution with infant formula products because someone may have tampered with them or substituted other ingredients in the products. These incidents are "not typically associated with the manufacturing process but occur occasionally when a consumer returns altered products to the retail store for a refund." Some products have been discovered where the outer cases and containers are intact but the product inside may have had its tamper-proof seal broken. The product may contain a different brand or variety. No illnesses have been associated with these complaints. There is no word on which brands may have been tampered with, or where these products may have been sold. The warning is at the national level. If you buy infant … [Read more...]

Health Canada Warns of Risks Associated with Homemade Baby Formula

Health Canada is warning consumers about the risks associated with homemade baby formula. The homemade formulas can "cause severe malnutrition and potentially fatal illness in infants," health authorities say. Recipes for homemade formula, available on the Internet, are billed as healthy alternatives to appeal to processed foods. But there is a reason why commercial infant formula is one of the most tightly regulated products on the market, health officials say. It's not easy to replicate human breast milk. Infants have have specific nutritional needs that are not the same as those of adults or children. Every ounce they take in needs to be balanced with the the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, fats  and protein. Whereas homemade formulas carry the risk of nutritional … [Read more...]

In Canada, Consumers Should Inspect Enfamil Infant Formulas

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers to inspect bottles of infant formula before use. Walmart Canada Corporation and Mead Johnson Nutrition (Canada) are advising the public that some bottles of Enfamil A+ Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula have been found with the tamper-proof seal broken and blue tape put on the bottles in its place. The bottles contained water and some formula residue instead of the formula. Three complaints have been received about this problem in Brampton and Mississauga. The bottles were sold at the retail level nationally. The product is Enfamil a+ Ready to Feed Infant Formula in 18 bottle packages, each 237 ml. There are various codes on the products. The UPC number is 0 56796 90518 0.  If you purchased this product, examine it closely to make … [Read more...]

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