Local grocery stores not affected by baby food recall
Published 4:46 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Winn-Dixie, Associated Foods, Maplesville Supermarket and Piggly Wiggly in Jemison were not affected by a recent recall of Gerber Organic pouch products, store officials said.
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Consumer Food Safety Inspectors recalled effectiveness checks on specific pouch products after identifying a packaging defect that may result in spoilage during transport and handling.
Gerber is working to retreive from retailers and online stores the remaining pouches from the four affected batches of Gerber Organic 2nd Food pouches that fail to meet the company’s standards.
The company is 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 include:
• 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 include:
• 13JUL2016 51955335XX
• 14JUL2016 51965335XX
The recall does not impact any other Gerber pouches, other Gerber products or products outside of the United States.
Consumers may notice that the pouches become bloated and the product inside may have an “off taste or odor,” according to a press release from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
There have been three consumer reports of temporary gastrointestinal symptoms, however, they have been unable to confirm that these are related to the product.
Consumers should not use the product, since it does not meet 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 (800) 706-0556 anytime day or night for a replacement coupon.
“At Gerber, the health and well-being of babies is placed above all else, and they hold their foods to high standards of quality,” according to the release. “Gerber remains committed to providing high quality products and helping families nourish health children. Parents with additional questions are encouraged to contact the Parents Resource Center at the phone number mentioned above.”
For detailed information pertaining to this recall, click the link in the title of this notification.
As always, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries encourages consumers to sign up to receive recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts at www.fda.gov/safety/recalls.