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Heinz Canada Issues Voluntary Recall Affecting Half-Dozen Baby Foods

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Sunday that Heinz Canada is recalling six baby food products due to a packaging defect that may allow for the entry of “spoilage microorganisms.” (CFIA) Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/heinz-canada-recalls-baby-food-due-to-packaging-defect-1.1721784#ixzz2vbF0C9CQ

[caption id="attachment_81192" align="aligncenter" width="620"]The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Sunday that Heinz Canada is recalling six baby food products due to a packaging defect that may allow for the entry of “spoilage microorganisms.” (CFIA)  Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/heinz-canada-recalls-baby-food-due-to-packaging-defect-1.1721784#ixzz2vbF0C9CQ The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Sunday that Heinz Canada is recalling six baby food products due to a packaging defect that may allow for the entry of “spoilage microorganisms.” (CFIA)

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Heinz Canada is voluntarily recalling six baby food products due to what they call are "defects" in the 128-milliliter packing that would allow microorganisms into the chow and subsequently spoil it. The six foods are the following:

  1. Tuna sweet corn chowder, package codes: 07/11/14 HH:MM*
    2213+0 8GV EX57
  2. Butternut squash apricot peas couscous, package codes: 05/11/14 HH:MM*
    2193+0 8EW EX57
  3. Beef butternut squash rice spinach, package codes: 23/12/14 HH:MM*
    2673+0 8EY EX57 or 23/12/14 HH:MM*
    2673+1 8EY EX57
  4. Peas zucchini spinach, package codes: 06/11/14 HH:MM*
    2203+0 8EX EX57
  5. Sweet baby vegetables, package codes: 05/11/14 HH:MM*
    2193+0 8EV EX57
  6. Beef bolognese with vegetables, package codes: 24/12/14 HH:MM*
    2683+0 8GN EX57

The recall was announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Monday morning. Health Canada has added that the risk to the infants consuming the food is "very low to remote". The fact that Heinz Canada took the steps of making the recall was a sign of good corporate governance and erring on the side of caution. The company has asked consumers not to eat any of the recalled packages.

However, it should be noted that the event that led to the recall was a complaint by a consumer. While there have been no reports of anyone falling ill from eating the food, the symptoms to look out for are diarrhea, vomiting, and upset stomach.

Below is the full press release from the CFIA:

Advisory details

Ottawa, March 9, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is informing the public that Heinz Canada has conducted a voluntary recall. The products may contain a packaging defect that may allow the entry of spoilage microorganisms.

Health Canada has reviewed the information related to these products and conducted a health risk assessment. Health Canada concluded that the health risk associated with the consumption of these products is very low to remote.

Affected products

Brand NameCommon NameSizeCode(s) on ProductUPCAdditional Info
HeinzPeas zucchini spinach128 mL06/11/14 HH:MM*
2203+0 8EX EX57
0 57000 03423 8* HH:MM indicates the time
HeinzSweet baby vegetables128 mL05/11/14 HH:MM*
2193+0 8EV EX57
0 57000 03424 5* HH:MM indicates the time
HeinzBeef bolognese with vegetables128 mL24/12/14 HH:MM*
2683+0 8GN EX57
0 57000 03420 7* HH:MM indicates the time
HeinzBeef butternut squash rice spinach128 mL23/12/14 HH:MM*
2673+0 8EY EX5723/12/14 HH:MM*
2673+1 8EY EX57
0 57000 03421 4* HH:MM indicates the time
HeinzTuna sweet corn chowder128 mL07/11/14 HH:MM*
2213+0 8GV EX57
0 57000 03422 1* HH:MM indicates the time
HeinzButternut squash apricot peas couscous128 mL05/11/14 HH:MM*
2193+0 8EW EX57
0 57000 03425 2* HH:MM indicates the time

What You Should Do

Check to see if you have the products in your home. If the products are in your home do not consume them.

Spoiled packages may not be necessarily dangerous and may be identifiable. However, if spoiled food is inadvertently consumed, it is advisable to watch for symptoms that may include upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. 

Background

This warning was triggered by a consumer complaint. The importer, Heinz Canada, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Source:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/heinz-canada-recalls-baby-food-due-to-packaging-defect-1.1721784

Jason is a native of Calgary but now spends his days on the East Coast in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.

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