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Baby Food Contamination Warning Issued By FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been very busy in the last week or so due to the rampant contamination problems it has seen in various forms of food and products. Now the FDA has issued a warning about the use of certain jars of Earth’s Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast baby food due to the risk of contracting Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium outline is a bacteria that can lead to botulism. According to the FDA:

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, usually causes illness within 18-36 hours of exposure. Initial indication of illness in infants is decreased frequency or absence of stools. Other signs and symptoms noted are poor feeding, weak suck, lethargy, listlessness, weak cry, decreased body tone, and diminished overall movement. Difficulty with swallowing may be evident as secretions drooling from the mouth. This may be followed by decreased respiratory effort which may lead to respiratory arrest from airway occlusion from unswallowed secretions.

The FDA has indicated the following items are of concern:

Earth’s Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast (4.5 ounce jars)
23923-20223 PFGJ14NP EXP 14 SEP 08 A
Earth’s Best Organic 2 Wholesome Breakfast Variety Pack (12 pack)
23923-20295 13 SEP 08
Earth’s Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley (4.5 ounce jars within 12 pack)
23923-20223 PF6J14 NP EXP 14 SEP 08 A

As noted in the FDA’s BABY FOOD WARNING, no injuries have been reported at this time.