Materne North America is recalling their GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches after our friends at MDARD (Michigan State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) discovered product residue (also known as 'goop*') in two product pumps, and this may have contaminated product. This goop can occur if the system is not adequately cleaned. While goop can be comprised by many things, it is often rotting product matter with mold, yeast, and/or bacteria as part of the micro flora responsible for the breakdown of that product.
A big concerns is that this product is targeted at children.
*Goop, in this case, is the classic definition - sloppy or sticky semifluid matter, typically something unpleasant. It is not the commercial product used for skin care.
FDA Recall Notice
Voluntary Recall of Non Organic Gogo Squeez Applesauce Pouches
For Immediate Release
March 4, 2016
Media Matthew Della Croce Email 646-428-0616
New York, NY Materne North America Corp. (MNA) is voluntarily recalling specific packages of GoGo squeeZ® applesauce pouches due to potential adulteration from food product residue. The recalled applesauce pouches have a Best Before Date of 12/4/15-3/4/17 and a 5 digit production code beginning “US” followed by 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07 or 08, which consumers can identify on the back of the pouch or on the bottom of the box, and “Product of USA” displayed under the Nutrition Facts Panel on the box. Any products labeled as organic are not impacted by the recall.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The food product residue was noted during a routine inspection by the Michigan State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), which revealed its presence in two product pumps at the Traverse City, Michigan production facility. It is possible the food product residue may have been incorporated into finished product.
Consumers who have purchased GoGo squeeZ® applesauce pouches with Best Before Date of 12/4/15-3/4/17 please contact GoGo squeeZ® at 1-844-275-5841 or visit their website at www.gogosqueez.com to request a replacement voucher.
Materne takes food safety matters very seriously. Out of an abundance of caution, the company is removing the specific pouches with affected codes. Materne is coordinating with MDARD and is implementing corrective steps to prevent future occurrences.
Production of the product mentioned above has been suspended while MNA and MDARD officials continue their investigation as to the source of the problem. Please note this does not include organic products.