Garden of Life LLC, is recalling its new Baby Organic Liquid, a dietary supplement for infants, because the directions for use may be misinterpreted, causing swallowing difficulties and a potential choking hazard to infants due to the thickness of the liquid.
Baby Organic Liquid issued the recall after learning that a parent had difficulties with the safe administration of the product into a newborn’s mouth. No infants have been hospitalized or suffered similar injuries after being given the product, but the company said it wanted to take all necessary precautions in an abundance of caution. Consumers who have Baby Organic Liquid should stop using it and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Baby Organic Liquid is a liquid supplement packaged in a blue carton that includes a measuring syringe. The label instructs parents, “Do not insert syringe directly in mouth. Dispense liquid slowly into the mouth, toward the inner cheek. May be mixed with breast milk or formula.” Garden of Life is recalling the product in order to re-label it with new instructions advising parents to only administer the product by mixing it in either breast milk or formula, and not to put the product directly into the infant’s mouth.
Baby Organic Liquid is part of Garden of Life’s Dr. Formulated line, and was launched within the past two weeks with limited distribution to date. The supplement is sold only in the U.S. at a limited number of natural grocers, health food stores, and online.
All Baby Organic Liquid products are affected. They include the UPC No. 58010 12073 and the expiration date of 12/18, with the following lot numbers: 5487617, 5487717, 5487817, and 5500817.
Consumers with questions should contact Garden of Life at 866-211-9058, but should bear in mind that the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based company may be delayed in responding due to Hurricane Irma. Any adverse events related to this recall should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
Source: FDA Recall Notice