[Parentsgroup-list] Health alert: Earth's Best Baby Food Recall

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 Health Alert: Earth's Best Baby Food  Recall
February  20, 2007
-- By BabyFit

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Certain Jars of Earth's  Best: "Organic
2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast Baby  Food"

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning  consumers not to use
certain jars of Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach
  Barley Wholesome Breakfast baby food because of the risk of
contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause
botulism, a life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not
to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The affected product was sold in single individual jars and in variety
packs (which contains 4 jars of the apple peach barley in the pack
along with other varieties). The food is part of the firm's "2nd
Vegetables, Fruits and Blends" line intended for babies 6 months and
older. The food was distributed through retail stores and sold through
the Earth's Best website. If consumers have any of the specified jars
in their home, they should not use it and destroy it immediately. No
illnesses have been reported to FDA or  the manufacturer to date in
connection with this
 problem.

The affected baby food is as  follows:

Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome  Breakfast (4.5
ounce jars)  UPC Code: 23923-20223
Lid: PF6J14 NP
Expiration Date: EXP 14 SEP 08 A
  Earth's Best Organic 2  Wholesome Breakfast Variety Pack  (12 pack)
UPC Code: 23923-20295
Expiration Date: 13 SEP 08
 Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley (4.5 ounce  jars
 within 12 pack)  UPC Code: 23923-20223
Lid: PF6J14 NP
Expiration  Date: EXP 14 SEP 08 A
  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 un-swallowed
secretions. Older populations who may be consuming the product as part
of a pureed diet might experience symptoms such as blurred vision,
dizziness, dry mouth, and progressive weakness from head to legs.
Constipation and urinary retention are also
  common. Caregivers or people observing these problems should seek
immediate medical attention for those affected.

Hain Celestial Group initiated a recall of the food on February 9th.
The recall is ongoing. Production and distribution of the product has
been suspended as FDA and the company work to determine the source of
the problem. Hain Celestial Group distributed 4,072 cases of the
specified individual jars consisting of 24 jars per case and 38,298
variety packs with the specified jars.

Consumers who have questions should contact Hain Celestial Group at
1-800-434-4246. Â





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