CBC News: Rancid baby food from President’s Choice recalled

Several organic baby cereals have been recalled by Loblaws.
Several organic baby cereals have been recalled by Loblaws.(Canadian Food Inspection Agency)The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people that some President’s Choice Organics baby food may be rancid.

Loblaws, which distributes the PC infant cereal products through its national grocery store chain, has recalled some of the baby food.  The products were made with mixed grains, oat, rice and wheat, and were sold across the country.  Consumers should check the cereal for a rancid smell, CFIA is advising.  If the cereal smells off or has an unusual odour, you should stop using it.  If your baby has already eaten any of these products, watch for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Go to a doctor if you have concerns.

Affected products

Product Size UPC
Mixed Grains with Apple (add water) 227 g 060383 005511
Oat cereal (add breast milk or infant formula) 227 g 060383 005535
Oat Cereal (add water) 227 g 060383 005528
Rice Cereal with Banana (add water) 227 g 060383 005542
Rice Cereal (add breast milk or infant formula) 227 g 060383 005566
Rice Cereal (add water) 227 g 060383 005559
Wheat Cereal (add water) 227 g 060383 005573
Wheat Cereal with Mixed Fruit (add water) 227 g 060383 005580

Courtesy of CBC News

and from the CFIA website…

OTTAWA, January 18, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Limited are warning the public not to consume President’s Choice Organics infant cereals described below because these products may have an unpleasant rancid odour, or taste. Loblaw Companies Limited is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.

All lot codes of the following President’s Choice Organics infant cereal are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Code
Mixed Grains with Apple (add water) 8+baby 227 g 060383 005511 All codes
Oat cereal (add breast milk or infant formula) 6+baby 227 g 060383 005535 All codes
Oat Cereal (add water) 6+baby 227 g 060383 005528 All codes
Rice Cereal with Banana (add water) 7+ baby 227 g 060383 005542 All codes
Rice Cereal (add breast milk or infant formula) 6+baby 227 g 060383 005566 All codes
Rice Cereal (add water) 6+ baby 227 g 060383 005559 All codes
Wheat Cereal (add water) 6+ baby 227 g 060383 005573 All codes
Wheat Cereal with Mixed Fruit (add water) 7+ baby 227 g 060383 005580 All codes

The affected products have been distributed nationally.

There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.

If the cereal has an unusual odour or smells ‘off’, it should not be consumed. If an infant has been fed any of the products described above, discontinue feeding this cereal and monitor for symptoms. Consumption of rancid food may cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have any concerns please seek medical attention.

The importer, Loblaw Companies Limited, Toronto, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Loblaw Companies Limited, President’s Choice Customer Service at 1-888-495-5111 orcustomerservice@presidentschoice.ca ;

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

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