Organic Baby Food Recalled; Botulism Feared

Bloomberg News
Saturday, February 17, 2007

Hain Celestial Group Inc., the biggest U.S. maker of organic foods, has recalled baby food because of concerns they may be contaminated with the bacteria that cause botulism, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The recalled jars are "Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast" in 4.5-ounce jars and 12-packs expiring Sept. 14, 2008, and variety packs of "Earth's Best Organic 2 Wholesome Breakfast" expiring Sept. 13, 2008, the FDA said in a statement. The company is recalling about 100,000 individual jars and 38,298 variety packs, the FDA said.

"If consumers have any of the specified jars in their home, they should not use it and destroy it immediately," the FDA said.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the food, but botulism is potentially deadly and can cause "poor feeding, weak suck, lethargy, listlessness, weak cry, decreased body tone, and diminished overall movement" in infants, the agency said.

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