Infant formula recalled Canada-wide after possible Cronobacter contamination

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling a popular powdered infant formula from the marketplace due to possible Cronobacter spp. contamination.

The food retailer issued the Canada-wide recall of President’s Choice brand Lower Iron milk based powdered infant formula on Oct. 6. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency states that consumers should not consume this product. However, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. If you suspect that an infant is sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your doctor immediately.

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The recalled product, which expires in Aug. 29, 2021, has the following details:

  • Brand: President’s Choice
  • Product: Lower Iron milk based powdered infant formula
  • Size: 900 grams
  • UPC: 0 60383 69839 3
  • Codes: EXP 2021 AU 29

The CIFA notes that consumers should check to see if they have any of the recalled product in their homes. If they do, these products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

While food contaminated with Cronobacter may not look or smell spoiled, it can still make you sick. The CFIA notes that, “Although Cronobacter is not commonly linked to human illness, in rare cases it can cause serious or fatal infections.”

Cronobacter can cause rare bloodstream and central nervous system infections and has been associated with severe intestinal infection (necrotizing enterocolitis) and blood poisoning (sepsis), especially in newborns.

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

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