Friday, March 25, 2016

Baby Food Pouches Recalled Due to Packaging Defect

Gerber is recalling 2 lots of baby food in pouches due to the potential for leakage because of a defect in the packaging.  The leakage could result in product spoilage.  It appears that the packaging defect was noticed by the company and they then went and issued the recall.

The good thing is that this is a low pH (high acid) product.  While it has some vegetable products in there, there is the addition of acid fruits and citric acid.  Otherwise, if it were high pH (low acid), it could be a bigger risk..particularly from organisms like Clostridium botulinum.

 Label, Gerber Organics Carrots, Apples and Mangoes

FDA Recall Notice
Gerber is Voluntarily Recalling Two Batches of GERBER® Organic 2ND FOODS® Pouches Due to a Packaging Defect That May Result in Product Spoilage
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2016

ConsumersGerber Parents Resource Center  1-800-706-0556
MediaElizabeth Velez

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Gerber Products Company is voluntarily recalling specific Organic pouch products after identifying a packaging defect that may result in product spoilage during transport and handling. Because of our commitment to high quality, Gerber is working to retrieve from retailers and online stores the remaining pouches from the four affected batches of GERBER® Organic 2ND FOOD pouches that fail to meet our quality standards. We are offering replacement coupons for consumers who purchased the following products:

GERBER® Organic 2ND FOODS® Pouches –Pears, Carrots & Peas, 3.5 ounce pouch UPC 15000074319

Best By dates/batch codes
12JUL2016 51945335XX
13JUL 2016 51955335XX

GERBER® Organic 2ND FOODS® Pouches- Carrots, Apples and Mangoes, 3.5 ounce pouch UPC 15000074395

Best By dates/batch codes
13JUL2016 51955335XX
14JUL2016 51965335XX

This recall does not impact any other Gerber pouches, other Gerber products or products outside of the US.

Consumers may notice that, in some cases, the pouches are bloated and product inside may have an off taste or odor. There have been three consumer reports of temporary gastrointestinal symptoms, however, we have been unable to confirm that these are related to the product. Consumers should not use the product, since it does not meet our high quality standards.

The products were distributed at U.S. retailers nationwide and through on-line stores. Consumers who purchased pouches with the above UPCs, batch codes and expiration dates are encouraged to contact the Gerber Parents Resource Center at 1-800-706-0556 anytime day or night for a replacement coupon.

At Gerber, we place the health and well-being of babies above all else, and we hold our foods to high standards of quality. Gerber remains committed to providing high quality products and helping families nourish healthy children. Parents with additional questions are encouraged to contact our Parents Resource Center at the phone number mentioned above.

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