October 28, 2016

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...]

FDA Published Final Rule on Infant Formula Protections

The FDA has published its final rule setting standards for manufacturing infant formulas. Those standards include current good manufacturing practices, including required testing for Salmonella and Cronobacter. The manufacturers must also demonstrate that the formula they product supports normal physical growth. And finally, infant formulas must be feted for nutrient content three times: in the final product stage, before entering the marketplace, and at the end of the products' shelf life. Dr. Stephen Ostroff, FDA's acting chief scientist said in a statement, "FDA sets high quality standards for the safety and nutritional quality of infant formulas during this critical time of development." The rule applies to formulas intended for use by healthy babies without any "unusual medical … [Read more...]

Wellements LLC Recalls Baby Prune Concentrate for Possible Salmonella

Wellements LLC is recalling Baby Move™ Prune Concentrate liquid dietary supplement, because one of the ingredients used to make the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The ingredient supplier told the company about the problem. Wellements Baby Move™ Prune Concentrate, in 4 ounce size, is sold in a glass bottle and packaged in an individual product carton. The UPC number is 729609019878. All product lots up to and including number 12179 are part of the recall. The product was distributed from January 2012 to July 2012 nationwide through retail stores and online retailers. There have not been any illnesses reported in connection with the consumption of this product. If you have purchased this product, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, call … [Read more...]

Nature’s One CEO: Our Baby Formula Is Safe, Arsenic Study Was Flawed

Nature’s One baby formula is safe and does not contain dangerous levels of arsenic as a recent Dartmouth study suggested, Jay Highman, CEO of the pediatric nutrition company based in Lewis Center, Ohio said in a statement. Last month, researchers at Dartmouth College released the results of a study about arsenic levels in baby formula and cereal bars sweetened with organic brown rice syrup. There are no U.S. laws regulating arsenic content in food, but there is standard for bottled water of 10 parts per billion (ppb). Dartmouth researchers said results of their study showed that one of the two baby formulas tested that used organic brown rice syrup as a sweetener had arsenic levels at six times the federal limit for bottled water. Although the formula manufacturers were not … [Read more...]

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