FDA issues consumer alert on certain Nurture Inc baby foods

January 14, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that the public not consume any varieties of HAPPYTOT Stage 4 and certain varieties of HAPPYBABY Stage 1 and Stage 2 baby foods in pouches distributed by Nurture Inc. The firm is recalling these products because some pouches are leaking or swollen. Swollen or leaking pouches may indicate problems with the product, including possible contamination by bacteria that can cause illness, or that the packaging has been compromised and is at risk of bacterial contamination.

The meals are packaged in plastic pouches with plastic caps and are sold at retail stores nationwide. To determine if a specific product is part of this recall, consumers should examine product packaging for expiration date codes between October 2010 and January 2011. These expiration date codes are printed as the first seven characters of a 15-character string.

After receiving a consumer complaint of a swollen pouch, the FDA contacted the company, Nurture Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y. The agency began an investigation and found additional pouches that were swollen or leaking. The FDA is conducting tests for possible bacterial contamination.

The FDA is also conducting an inspection at the contract manufacturer of these products to review its overall manufacturing process. No illnesses have been reported to the FDA to date.

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