Rancid Baby Formula Recalled: Everything You Need To Know

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced that Abbott Laboratories is recalling its Calcilo XD powder, which was sold in a 375-gram container with the Universal Product Code 0 70074 53329 2. The federal food safety regulator says that the brand of baby formula has been recalled as a result of rancidity and the product being off-color. The recall was triggered by the company.

The CFIA says there have been cases of reported illness linked to the consumption of the product, but it did not indicate how many consumers had been affected. The agency adds that rancid food usually has a pungent odor and should not be consumed as it can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The formula was reportedly distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

The CFIA is currently conducting a food safety investigation that may result in other products being recalled. If other high-risk products are recalled, the agency will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings. The CFIA recommends that consumers who have purchased the product throw it out or return it to the location where it was bought.

According to a research conducted in Vancouver, 82.9% of Canadian mothers breastfeed their babies at birth, but the number differs between Caucasians (91.6%) and non-Caucasians (56.8%), with the difference attributed to marital status, education and family income. However, the overwhelming majority of babies are not exclusively breastfed. In 2005, under 12% of babies were breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, with over 60% of babies of two months of age being fed formula, and approximately one in four breastfed infants fed formula within two days of birth.

Earlier this summer, a company recalled over 23,000 containers of baby formula over concerns that the product contained metal. The US recall of Perrigo Company's 35 oz containers of Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA stated that the reason for the recall was because of “the potential presence of metal foreign matter” in the exclusively Walmart-sold product.

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The FDA said, however, that there were no reports of injury or illness related to the baby formula, rather the recall was due to “an abundance of caution stemming from a consumer report.”

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