The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning U.S. residents to be aware of a baby food recall issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that has caused botulism food poisoning in some babies. The recall involves PC Organics baby foods that are only sold in Canada, but the FDA is concerned that some U.S. consumers may have purchased the products.
The recall was initiated by Loblaw Companies Ltd. For PC Organics baby food pouches on Feb. 3, and expanded Feb. 8 to include more than 30 products in a variety of flavors. A full list of affected products, sizes and UPC codes can be found here.
Loblaw Companies said the problem stems from a manufacturing error that causes excess water in the food. Under certain circumstances, this condition can support the growth of Clostridium botulinum and pose a health risk. When consumed, the bacteria produces toxins that cause paralysis.
Though extremely rare, botulism is so dangerous that each case is considered a public health emergency. Studies have shown that patients who develop botulism and are not treated immediately and effectively with botulism antitoxin have a 35 to 65 percent change of dying.
Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but it can still make you sick. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis.
Consumers or caregivers of babies who have eaten this food and become ill should contact their doctor.