Health Canada released a food recall warning over the weekend for the Nestle Good Start Soothe Infant Formula due to a possible bacterial contamination called cronobacter sakazakii.
The recall report on Health Canada’s website states that the pharmaceutical company, Perrigo Company plc initially announced the recall.
“The recall was issued on March 17 and our company reached out to retailers immediately,” said Tim Schramm, the media relations representative for Perrigo Company plc told Humber News in an email.
“No other products manufactured at this facility of any other of Perrigo’s facilities are affected by this recall,” he said.
Schramm also said that no adverse events have been reported.
According to Health Canada, Cronobacter sakazakii can cause serious or fatal infections including rare bloodstream and central nervous system infections. This is commonly associated with severe intestinal infection and blood poisoning in newborns.
Although the recall is from Health Canada, the formula was sold nationally. According to Health Canada’s recall report there have been no reported illnesses.
Joseph Kalamithi is the front store manager of Shoppers Drug Mart’s on Queensgate Boulevard in Bolton.
“It’s a serious recall, its baby food – so we received notice by email, and it was recalled from our stores on the 18th,” said Kalamithi who confirmed with Humber News that the Nestle Good Start Soothe infant formula had been pulled from its stores over the weekend.
“Other Shoppers Drug Mart locations probably never even had a shipment delivered,” he said.
Anita Basdeo is a work-from-home tutor in Toronto and recently had a baby. Basdeo said she was not aware of the recall.
“Retailers could notify in store shoppers who may not know about recalled baby related products or food because some people might have it in their homes already – it can lead to horrible infections for babies,” Basdeo said.
Health Canada advised people to not consume or serve and visit a doctor immediately if a person feels they’re becoming sick. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location of purchase.
For more information including UPC labels, visit Health Canada’s website under recalled consumer products.