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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Food Recall: Plum Organics

Clostridium Botulinum in Baby Food

EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(Business Wire)-- Plum Organics announced today that it is taking the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling one particular batch of its 4.22 oz. Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food with the best by date May 21, 2010 and marked with the following universal product code (UPC) #890180001221 located on the bottom of the package. These pouches are sold individually at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us locations nationally.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this product and no other Plum Organics products are affected. As a further precaution, samples from every Plum Organics product manufactured before and after this batch were tested and found to be within quality standards.

The recall was undertaken as a precaution due to the risk of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. Consumers should not use these products, even if they appear to be normal, because of the possible health risk. Symptoms of botulism poisoning in humans include general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

"The product did not meet the FDA guidelines for proper acidity level," said Dr. Paul Gerhardt, a Food Science Ph.D. and member of the Plum Organics action team. "Though the risk of illness from this one batch is minimal, Plum Organics is taking the extraordinary step of recalling all Apple & Carrot Baby Food Pouches with best by date May 21, 2010."

The official recall notice can be found at:

Senate Hearing on New Food Safety Bill Tomorrow: 10/22 at 10:00 am

At 10:00 am (Eastern), the first hearing about S. 510: The Food Safety Modernization Act by the HELP Committee will commence. The committee will hear testimony from several experts in the field, such as FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, and safe food advocate Caroline Smith Dewaal, Director of Food Safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). She will be sharing the story of S.T.O.P. member Mike Thomas, who was sickened in the first peanut outbreak in 2007.

Watch the hearing at:

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