Sunday, July 15, 2007

Gerber Baby Food Recalls

Organic Rice and Organic Oatmeal Cereals

Gerber Products Co. recalled all packages of its organic rice and organic oatmeal cereals Friday because of potential clumping of the baby food, which can pose a choking hazard. Gerber said it has received complaints of choking but no reports of injury.

The company said a "limited quantity" of the cereals could contain lumps that do not dissolve in water or milk. The cereals were distributed nationwide and to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Gerber spokesman David Mortazavi said the company was recalling 306,760 packages of organic rice cereal and 167,724 packages of organic oatmeal cereal.

All codes of the two products, sold in 8-ounce boxes, are being recalled. The organic rice cereal UPC code is 15000 12504 and the organic oatmeal cereal UPC code is 15000 12502.

The baby food should be not be eaten, and customers can call the Gerber parents resource center at 800-443-7237 or 231-928-3000 to return the product and receive a full refund.

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Banana Yogurt Dessert Recall in Southern California

Tiny amounts of the poison ricin have been detected in two jars of baby food that had been tampered with before being sold by a Southern California supermarket. Authorities said the contaminant was ground-up castor beans, from which ricin is derived, not the purified form of the toxin, which is far deadlier. Two babies who ate some of the food were not harmed.

The ground-up beans were found in jars of Gerber Banana Yogurt Dessert bought from a Ralphs supermarket in Irvine, which is south of Los Angeles in Orange County, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Irvine Police Department.

Gerber said it would immediately remove all of the banana yogurt product from Southern California stores. It had already been removed from the one supermarket in Irvine.

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