Due to possible contamination from Cronobacter bacteria, Loblaw Companies Limited has recalled its President's Choice brand Lower Iron milk based powdered infant formula.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says that the product was sold in stores across the country in 900-gram packages and had a best before date of August 29, 2021. Though no illness has been reported yet, the product which has been sold nationally should not be consumed as it contains Cronobacter spp. CFIA issued the national recall order on August 6, 2019.
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According to the recall notes, Cronobacter is not usually linked to human illness; however, in occasional cases, it may cause severe and even lethal infections. When food is contaminated with Cronobacter, you may not be able to decipher it as it may not look or smell spoiled, yet it can still make you fall sick. It can be the cause of rare bloodstream and central nervous system infections and has also been associated with a severe intestinal disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, and a blood infection, sepsis. Since the immunity system of babies is weaker, newborns are vulnerable and have higher risks of falling sick after consuming Cronobacter bacteria. So, extra care needs to be taken to ensure that their food is absolutely safe for consumption.
In case you feel sick or find any of your family members falling sick after consuming the product, contact your health care provider immediately. Some of the common symptoms experienced due to the consumption of contaminated food are nausea, poor feeding, vomiting, blood in the stool, and diarrhea. Since newborns or babies on formula milk cannot express their health problems, their primary caregivers should be observant and immediately report any unusual activity.
A test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency test triggered this recall. They are conducting a thorough food safety investigation, and it is suspected that it may lead to the recall of some other products as well. If any other such high-risk products are recognized by the CFIA will inform the public through their updated Food Recall Warnings.
The agency also makes sure that the sale of recalled products is stopped, and it verifies that the industry obliterates these products from the market. Check if you have any recalled products in your house, and either return them to the stores from where you bought them or throw them out without any further consumption.