by Pheyy & Tira

May 18, 2020

Since baby food items have undergone rigorous testing, parents assume that all the products that they found in the store shelf is safe for their baby. 

However, a recent study showed that 95% of baby food products contain levels of heavy metals. These chemicals can have a significant impact on the brain development of babies. (1)

With the results of these studies, it is important now more than ever that you check the safety of the commercial baby foods that you are feeding your child.

In addition to the ingredients list, you need to check their recall history as well. The reason for recall may be as mild as a packaging defect or a change in color, but they can also be as severe as the presence of heavy metals or lead contamination.

Because of this, you must be aware of what food items are being recalled so you can take the necessary steps to protect your baby from them.

The Baby Food Recall List You Need to Read!

You must stay updated with regards to the lists of a baby food recall. We have compiled all the baby food products recalled over the years to help you keep your baby safe. We also included some of the actions that have to be taken if you still have the recalled products in your pantry.

Mountain Mel's Herbal Tea for Infants

Mountain Mel manufactures herbal products that you can feel good about. They are one of the companies that produce herbal teas for lactating and pregnant women. While babies do not directly consume their products, any contamination of their products can still affect babies when their mothers consume them.

On August 29, 2019, Mountain Mel's Essential Goods recalled 3 tea types from their product line. (2) These include the following:

  • The Milk Lady's Herbal Tea Blend (Lot no. ML6271950)
  • Diges-Teas Herbal Tea (Lot no. DT7619100)
  • Peaceful Baby Herbal Tea Blend ( Lot no. PB781950)
  • The food recall is brought about by the potential contamination of Salmonella. This is an organism that may weaken the immune system of healthy people. For older people, babies, and kids, it may cause a fatal infection. Symptoms of Salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    If you purchased these foods with the corresponding lot numbers, take a photo of them along with the lot label. Email the images to info@mountainmels.com to get your refund.

    Calcilo Formula

    The Calcilo Formula, a product of Abbott, is formulated as nutritional support for infants suffering from hypercalcemia. It is also a good option for a low-calcium, vitamin D-free formula.

    On September 27, 2019, the company voluntarily recalled Calcilo XD® powder cans (13.2 oz/ 375g) with a lot number of 7969K8o in the US and Canada. (3) The recall is because of an inconsistency in the color and aroma in various cans from this batch.

    Please take note that this recall does not affect other lots of Calcilo XD or other nutritional products from Abbott.

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    If you have purchased this product with the corresponding lot number, discontinue the use of this product and call the company's hotlines (1-800-850-7677 for US and 1-855-733-4201 for Canada) to get instructions on how you can return the items and get your refund.

    Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula

    The Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula is a milk-based formula that contains iron and is formulated to provide complete nutrition for the baby's first year. This product is available exclusively at Walmart.

    On June 21, 2019, Perrigo Company, the product's manufacturer issues a voluntary nationwide recall of the baby formula (35oz/992 g) with a lot number of C26EVFV and a use-by date of February 26, 2021. It is estimated that there are around 23,388 containers under this lot. 

    The recall is due to potential contamination of a foreign matter in this said lot of products.(4)

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    Discontinue its use right away. Visit any Walmart branch near you to return the item and get a refund. If you have more questions about the product, you can also contact Perrigo Consumer Affairs (866-629-6181).

    Love Child Organics Baby Food

    Love Child Organics puree comes in a squeeze pouch and is perfect as a meal for babies and snacks for kids.

    In May 2018, Love Organics voluntarily recalled the savory line of their purees (128 ml pouches).(5) This is because of the warning that Health Canada sent out about the packaging defects of the foods that may have led to spoilage. The foods included in the recall are as follows:

    • Love Child Organics Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potato and Kale (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • Love Child Organics Veggie Casserole with Lentils and Quinoa (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • Love Child Organics Ratatouille with lentils and White Beans (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • Love Child Organics Pumpkin Risotto with Spinach and Chickpeas (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • Love Child Organics Mango Chicken Stew with Spinach and Quinoa (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • Love Child Organics Thanksgiving Dinner with Veggies and Turkey (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • Love Child Organics Veggie Hearty Bolognese with Beef and Quinoa (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • Love Child Organics Carrots Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    Do not let your baby consume this product. You can return it to the store to get a refund. If your child already consumed the product, watch out for vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach. Call your doctor right away if your child exhibits these symptoms.

    PC Organics Baby Food

    The reason for the recall of PC Organics Baby food products is the same as that of Love Organics—packaging defects that may have resulted in product spoilage.(6) The recall was initiated due to consumer complaints. The foods were recalled for further investigation by The Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

    The recalled items include:

    • PC Organics Parsnip Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • PC Organics Peas Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • PC Organics Sweet Potatoes Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • PC Organics Vegetables and Turkey Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • PC Organics Fruity Chicken Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • PC Organics Spaghetti Bolognese Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • PC Organics Vegetable and Lentil Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)
    • PC Organics Chicken Casserole Strained Baby Food (Best Before date up to March 25, 2019)

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    Discontinue the use of this product. Return the product to get a refund. Email customerservice@presidentschoice.ca to get more information about the return process. You can also call them at 1-888-495-5111.

    GoGo Squeeze Applesauce Pouches

    The GoGo Squeeze Applesauce Pouches contains four types of fruits—apples, grapes, citrus, and pineapples—to provide satisfying and refreshing snacks for kids and babies. This applesauce product is said to be made from 100% fruit. No artificial ingredients are included.

    This product has been recalled twice.

    On March 5, 2016, applesauce pouches with best before dates between December 24, 2015, and March 4, 2017, were recalled because food product residue was detected in two pumps at the manufacturing plant.(7)

    On October 15, 2015, applesauce products with best before dates that lie between June 30, 2016, and July 26, 2016, were recalled because of a potential presence of mold in the said batches.(8)

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    If you have this product at home, visit the company's website to claim your replacement voucher.

    Heinz Turkey Stew Baby Food

    The Heinz Turkey Stew Baby Food is a puree formulated for babies 8 months and above. In August 2019, Kraftz Heinz Canada recalled the batch with CFIA number of 13162 and expiry date of June 4, 20201, due to possible contamination of insects.(9)

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued the recall so they can conduct further investigation. Customer complaints triggered the recall, but there were no reported illnesses.

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    If you have a jar with the corresponding CFIA number at home, please communicate with the market where you bought it. They will be the one to brief you with regards to the product's return procedure.

    Cow & Gate Cheesy Broccoli Bake Baby Food

    The Cheesy Broccoli Bake from Cow & Gate is part of their lunches and dinners options for babies over 10 months old.

    In May 2019, the company issued a recall of their 250g Cheesy Broccoli Bake jars with a best before date of December 28, 2020, and a batch number of 28122020.(10) The recall was triggered because they were small pieces of thin blue rubber gloves discovered in some jars. 

    While this doesn’t pose a health risk, the company issued the recall because it didn’t meet its usual high-quality standards.

    What to Do If You Have this Product:

    If you have this product under the said batch, you may bring it back to the store you bought it from, and you will be given a full refund with or without a receipt.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Food Recalls

    We are here to address some of your common questions about food recall. Here are some of the answers you may be looking for.

    1. Which baby foods are toxic?

      In June 2017, a study conducted by Environmental Defense Fund discovered detectable levels of lead (one of the heavy metals that should be avoided in food items) in 20% of over 2000 baby food samples. The brands and names of the said foods were not disclosed to the public. The study revealed that the lead levels found in the products were low. However, lead exposure can be extremely dangerous to babies and children, so no amount is considered safe for them to consume. This goes the same to other heavy metals. According to the study, high-risk food for lead exposure includes the following: fruit juices (grape and apple juice), root vegetables (sweet potatoes and carrots), and rice-based meals and snacks (teething biscuits, infant rice cereal, and puff snacks). (11)
    2. What are the safest baby food brands?

      We can't say for sure, which are the best baby food brands available today. This is because, in addition to the manufacturing process, the type of ingredients used in producing baby food also have a significant impact on its safety. Instead of determining which baby food brands to buy, focus on checking out the products' ingredient labels to ensure that they do not contain any of the high-risk food that we have mentioned above. This is to protect your baby from the unwanted effects of lead and heavy metals contamination.
    3. What is the Baby Food Council?

      In January 2019, Cornell University, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, the Environmental Defense Fund, along with some food companies (Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, Gerber Products Company, The Hain-Celestial Group, and Happy Family Organics) collaborated to establish The Baby Food Council. The mission of this organization is to help reduce the heavy metals found in baby foods.
    4. What is the Healthy Babies Bright Futures?

      The Healthy Babies Bright Futures is an organization with the mission to significantly reduce the sources of babies' exposure to heavy metals and toxic chemicals that may negatively impact their brain development. Since one of these sources is baby food, the organization worked with other companies and government agencies to monitor the content of commercial baby foods and ensure food safety.

    Stay Updated with Baby Food Recalls

    There you go, mommies and daddies—this is the baby food recall list that you should be aware of. So far, there are no products that have been recalled due to lead or heavy metals contamination. Regardless, you must stay updated when it comes to food recalls to ensure that all the foods that your child is consuming are entirely safe for him.

    Aside from the recall of commercial baby food items, you also need to keep up with recalls of produce and other meat products that you use to prepare your baby's meals.

    For the past few years, there have been incidents of strawberry recall, frozen food recall, and egg recall 2019, so these are some things that you may want to consider when it comes to ensuring food safety for your baby.  

    PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT THE FLAGGED TERMS ARE THE BRAND NAMES AND FLAVOR OF THE PC AND LOVE ORGANICS AND MEL’S TEAS, AND CALCILO PRODUCTS.

    About the author

    Hi, my name is Michael L. Green and I live in Cleveland, OH with my wonderful wife,
    our two little girls. Our family are the founder and primary contributors behind Baby Edible.


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