An undisclosed number of illnesses in Canada have been linked to PC Organics brand baby food, spurring Loblaw Companies Ltd. to expand its Feb. 3 recall to include 31 more products because of risk of botulism poisoning.
“A manufacturing error resulted in excess water in the product, which under certain circumstances could support the growth of Clostridium botulinum and pose a health risk to consumers. Consumers should not consume the recalled products,” according to the expanded recall notice posted Thursday evening on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.
The nationwide recall includes several flavors of strained, pureed and smoothie baby foods in pouches packaged under the President’s Choice, or PC Organics label. Retailers sold the products through Thursday.
Although the expanded recall notice referenced illnesses, it was short on details, stating only: “There have been reported illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of these products.”
There is concern consumers may still have the recalled products in their homes because of their relatively log shelf life and the sales that were ongoing through Thursday.
“Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased,” the government recall notice states.
“Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.”
The following retailers, listed by region, sold the recalled baby foods:
- Ontario — Fortinos, Loblaws, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, valu-mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores;
- Atlantic — Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Cash&Carry, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Your Independent Grocer, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores;
- Québec — Club entrepôt, Maxi, Maxi & Cie, Presto, Provigo, Provigo le Marché, AXEP, Pharmaprix, and Intermarché; and
- West — Extra Foods, Loblaws City Market, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Your Independent Grocer, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores.
Consumers with questions can contact Loblaw Companies Ltd. toll-free by calling 888-495-5111 or by sending email to email@example.com.
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