On October 20, 2009, Plum Organics, a california-based organinc baby food brand, voluntarily recalled a particular batch of its 4.22 oz. Apple & Carrot Pouch baby food. The pouches at risk of being contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism, have a best by date of May 21, 2010 and all contain the following universal product code ("UPC") code: #890180001221. These particular pouches are sold exclusively at Babies-R-Us and Toys-R-Us stores nationally.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism can be fatal and is considered a medical emergency. The classic symptoms of infant botulism include lethargy, constipation, a weak cry, muscle weakness, and poor feeding. These symptoms result from muscle paralysis caused by the bacterial toxin. For more information on botulism see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website on Botulism.
Consumers who have purchased the potentially infected pouches should not feed the food to their infants, even if the the food looks or smells ok. Rather, all consumers who have purchased the potentially infected pouches are entitled to a full refund at any Toys-R-Us or Babies-R-Us location.