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:
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.