Baby Food Recalled for Bacteria Risk

Nurture, Inc. is voluntarily recalling select varieties and date codes of HAPPYTOT Stage 4 and HAPPYBABY Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouch meals with date codes expiring between November 2010 and January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just announced.

The HappyTot and HappyBaby products are being recalled due to a packaging defect that potentially could cause the pouches to swell or leak. Swollen or leaking pouches could indicate that the products may contain <"">bacteria that could potentially cause illness. To date, no illness has been reported. One consumer complaint was received regarding swollen and leaking pouches; no illnesses have been reported.

The products were sold at less than 300 retail locations nationwide and are packaged in plastic pouches with plastic caps. The potentially affected varieties include:

• Green Bean, Pear, and Peas: NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00127 9

• Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Cinnamon: NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00128 6

• Spinach, Mango, and Pear: NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00129 3

• Butternut Squash and Apple: NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00130 9

• Banana, Peach, Coconut, and Prunes: NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00131 6

• Banana, Peach, and 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

To determine if a specific product is part of this voluntary recall, the FDA is advising consumers to examine product packaging for expiration date codes between November 2010 and January 2011. These dates are printed as the first seven characters of a 15-character string. Less than half of one percent of the products sold to date are affected by this packaging defect; no other products sold by the company are affected. As standard practice for Nurture, all products sold are sent to a laboratory for food safety testing prior to market release and no harmful bacteria have been detected in damaged packages to date.

While no illness has been reported, consumers who have purchased affected products should not consume or serve any swollen or leaky pouches and may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nurture Inc directly for a full refund or exchange. Nurture, Inc. can be reached at 1-212-374-2779, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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