The Kroger Company is recalling Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after receiving complaints that there was mold in the product. Laboratory testing identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium, which can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Affected products include 1 gallon (3.78 L) clear bottles with the sell by dates from April 26, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018, the UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2, and the plant code 51-4140. The labels also state DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202.
The water was distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C Food Plus, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Owen’s, Payless Super Market, and Ruler stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Kroger Company has instructed its stores to remove the recalled products.
Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may trigger hay-fever type symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Allergic reactions to mold are common and can happen immediately after touching or inhaling mold spores, or later. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma. Molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs, even in people who aren’t allergic to them.
Comforts FOR BABY water is intended for infants. Drinking water contaminated with Talaromyces penicillium may affect infants with HIV or other conditions that cause immune compromise. These individuals may become infected and this may lead to serious health consequences. Seek medical attention if you believe your infant may be affected.
The mold in some bottles may not be visible with the naked eye, thus consumers are urged not to drink or serve the water to infants or children, and return it to the place of purchase for a refund.