Massive recall: PC Organics baby food recalled due to botulism risk

More products have been added to Loblaw's PC Organics baby food recall due to the risk of dangerous bacteria which could cause food poisoning.

Photo: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Loblaw Companies Limited has expanded the recall of their PC Organics brand baby food pouches because they may contain the dangerous bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism. The original recall, issued on February 3, only affected one product (the PC Organics Apple, Blueberry & Green Pea strained baby food), but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has now included the following PC Organics brand baby food products that were sold in Canada up to and including February 8:

  • PC Organics Apple, Blueberry & Green Pea strained baby food, 128 ml, UPC 0 60383 06292 7
  • PC Organics Apple Crisp Muffin flavour puree snack, 128 mL, UPC 0 60383 13730 4
  • PC Organics Apple, Carrot, Apricot & Millet strained baby Food, 128 mL, UPC 0 60383 06996
  • PC Organics Banana, Sweet Potato & Blueberry strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 05362
  • PC Organics Apple strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 02840 4
  • PC Organics Apple, Banana & Blueberry with Yogurt strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 04491
  • PC Organics Apple, Banana & Strawberry with Yogurt strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 04488
  • PC Organics Apple Cherry strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 02843
  • PC Organics Sweet Potato, Apple and Mango strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 06294
  • PC Organics Peach Maple Cobbler Flavour puree snack, 128 mL, 0 60383 13732 8
  • PC Organics Banana Apple & Carrot strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 05363
  • PC Organics Pumpkin, Apple, Peach & Buckwheat strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 06995
  • PC Organics Prune, Apple, Butternut Squash & Quinoa strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 06994
  • PC Organics Pear strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 02842
  • PC Organics Mango, Apple, Carrot & Peach strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 05369
  • PC Organics Blackberry Cobbler Flavour puree snack, 128 mL, 0 60383 13731 1
  • PC Organics Banana & Kiwi strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 02846 6
  • PC Organics Mango strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 02841 1
  • PC Organics Banana & Raspberry strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 05480 9
  • PC Organics Banana, Apple, Apricot & Rice strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 05368
  • PC Organics Banana Bread Flavour puree snack, 128 mL, 0 60383 13589 8
  • PC Organics Pear, Apple and Broccoli strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 06291
  • PC Organics Sweet Potato, Banana & Apricot strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 05366
  • PC Organics Tropical Twist Smoothie with Greek Yogurt puree snack, 128 mL, 0 60383 15430 1
  • PC Organics Banana, Mango & Apple with Yogurt strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 04489
  • PC Organics Orange Twist Smoothie with Greek Yogurt puree snack, 128 mL, 0 60383 15431 8
  • PC Organics Prunes strained baby food, 128 mL, 0 60383 16963 3
  • PC Organics Apple, Banana & Strawberry with Yogurt strained baby food, 6 x 128 mL, 0 60383 18427 8
  • PC Organics Sweet Potato, Apple and Mango strained baby food, 6 x 128 mL, 0 60383 18429 2
  • PC Organics Banana Apple & Carrot strained baby food, 6 x 128 mL, 0 60383 18428 5
  • PC Organics Mango strained baby food, 6 x 128 mL, 0 60383 18430 8
  • PC Organics Pear, Apple and Broccoli strained baby food, 6 x 128 mL, 0 60383 18426 1

Queen’s University food safety expert Scott Lougheed says consumers should be cautious. “Botulism is not terribly common, but it is potentially deadly. These are products with long shelf lives and consumers may have purchased these products a long time ago. Consumers should not trust their eyes or nose to check product safety.”

What should you do?
If you think you’ve become sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

If you have the recalled products in your home, throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Read the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s full recall here.

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