The Georgia Department of Agriculture announced last week that some baby food products are being recalled as a result of packaging defects.
The Agriculture Commissioner’s office in a release which came out last week that the danger was in certain HAPPYTOT Stage 4 and HAPPYBABY Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouch meal products made by Nurture Inc., a New York based producer. These products could possibly have defects in their packaging which allows the pouches to swell or leak. Improperly sealed pouches, either swollen or leaking, could result in their contents being exposed to bacteria. Obviously, exposure to bacteria means that any children who eat this baby food might run the risk of food borne illness.
All of the meals being recalled are packaged in plastic pouches with plastic with plastic caps, and bear expiration dates between November 2010 and January 2011.
Products being recalled include:
• Green bean, pear & peas, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00127 9;
• Sweet potato, carrot, apple & cinnamon, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00128 6;
• Spinach, mango & pear, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00129 3;
• Butternut squash & apple, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00130 9;
• Banana, peach, coconut & prunes, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00131 6;
• Banana, peach & mango, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00132 3
• Mango, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00134 7
• Spinach Mango Pear, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00139 2
• Apricot Sweet Potato, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00136 1
Customers who purchased these products should contact Nurture Inc. this week for an exchange or refund. They can be called at 212-374-2779
Baby food recalls may seem even more dangerous and horrifying than other tainted food scares, since parents trust baby food makers to be particularly sensitive to the fact that their target consumers will be feeding them to very young children who have more delicate needs than adults, and who are less capable of understanding and communicating when they are seriously ill. Parents are often times more protective of their children than they are of themselves. This sort of event is not uncommon, though. Last fall saw a recall of Plum Organics baby food, and a failed attempt to initiate a recall on Gerber brand baby foods. It is not only the responsibility of parents to provide the best care they can for their children, but also the responsibility of the corporations that they trust to meet the high standards which society demands for care for children.
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a faulty defective product, it is important to talk to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Call (404) 531-9700 to schedule your free consultation at MLN Law.