Recalls of baby food and formula are rare, thankfully. Occasionally, though, a batch of formula or baby food raises safety concerns that warrant a recall. Here are the most recent recalls involving baby formula or baby food.
Note: Since these recalls are so uncommon, this list is not updated very often. An older date on the most recent recall doesn't mean the list is out of date!
June 2017 - An Environmental Defense Fund study found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of more than 2,000 baby food samples. The most common culprits for lead exposure in this study were apple and grape juice, root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes, and teething biscuits. The brands containing lead have not been publicly identified. The lead levels found were low. However, since babies and children can be seriously harmed by lead exposure, there is no "safe" amount of lead a baby can ingest.
Nov. 18, 2016 - All H-E-B Baby Food 2-pack 4 oz. cups baby food is recalled due to a small piece of rubber found in one product. No injury or illness was reported. Return the baby food containers to any H-E-B store for a full refund.
Nov. 2016 - Raritan Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall of CVS homeopathic products because the amount of belladonna extract in the products may not match what is stated on the label.
Included in the recall are:
Product: CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet 135 tablets
Lots: 41116 and 43436
Product: Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid 0.85 fl. oz. Lot: 35254
Product: CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid 0.85 fl. oz.
Stop using these products and contact Raritan Labs at 866-467-2748 with questions.
Sept. 30, 2016 - All Sammy's Milk Baby Food powdered formula is recalled because it isn't manufactured according to federal regulations and has not been tested for Cronobacter, which can cause deadly infections in children.
Mar. 26, 2016 - These baby food pouches have a packaging defect that could allow the food to spoil during transport and handling. The following food pouches are included in the recall:
GERBER® Organic 2ND FOODS® Pouches - Pears, Carrots & Peas, 3.5 ounce, UPC 15000074319, with Best By dates/batch codes 12JUL2016 51945335XX and 13JUL 2016 51955335XX.
GERBER® Organic 2ND FOODS® Pouches - Carrots, Apples and Mangoes, 3.5 ounce, UPC 15000074395, with Best By dates/batch codes 13JUL2016 51955335XX and 14JUL2016 51965335XX.
The pouches may appear bloated and could have an off smell or taste. Contact Gerber at 800-706-0556 to receive a replacement product.
March 5, 2016 - Applesauce pouches with "best before" dates between 12/4/2015 and 3/4/2017 are recalled because food product residue was found in two pumps at the manufacturing facility.
No illnesses were reported. If you purchased applesauce pouches with the affected dates, visit the company's website to receive a voucher for a replacement product.
Oct. 15, 2015 - Applesauce pouches with "best before" dates between 6/30/2016 and 7/26/2016 are recalled because the applesauce may contain mold. No illnesses were reported. If you purchased applesauce pouches with the affected dates, visit the company website for a replacement voucher.
Apr. 14. 2014 - One variety of Beechnut baby food are recalled because they could contain small pieces of glass. Four-ounce glass jars of “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken that were made on 12/12/2014 are affected by the recall. The jars have establishment number “P-68A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
They expire in December 2016 and include product numbers 12395750815 through 12395750821. Contact Beechnut at 866-674-4446 with questions.
Plum Organics World Baby Food Pouches
Mar. 4, 2014 - Two varieties of World Baby food pouches are recalled because the plastic spout can be damaged in manufacturing. Small plastic fragments can detach, which poses a choking hazard. Recalled varieties are:
- World Baby Italy–Zucchini & Spinach with Pasta Marinara with “Best By” date of 09Sep14 (Sept. 9, 2014)
- World Baby Thailand–Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Rice with “Best By” date of 10Sep14 (Sept. 10, 2014)
Contact Plum Organics directly at 866-495-3774 for reimbursement information.
Plum Organics Baby Food Pouch Recall
Nov. 13, 2013 - Some baby food pouch products from Plum Organics Baby Stage 2, Tots Mish Mash, and Kids lines are recalled because a manufacturing defect could allow the food to spoil. Affected products have "best by" dates from 08/05/14 to12/08/14 and include the letters AT. Contact Plum Organics at 866-495-3774 for a replacement product voucher.
Gerber Baby Formula Recall
March 8, 2012 - All cans of Gerber® Good Start® Gentle powdered infant formula 23.2 ounce plastic package from batch GXP1684 expiration date of March 5, 2013 are recalled because the formula may have an off smell or taste. Some minor gastrointestinal irritation was reported. Contact Gerber at 800-487-7763 with questions.
Dec. 2011 - Wal-Mart stores removed all cans of Enfamil Newborn formula of one size and from one lot number from shelves after one baby died and another became seriously ill from the same bacterial infection. Both infants were in Missouri and used the same type of formula, purchased at Wal-Mart. The cause of the infection could not be directly linked to the formula, but it was recalled out of an abundance of caution.
Sept. 22, 2010 - 5 million cans of Similac baby formula are recalled because they may contain beetle parts or larvae from the manufacturing facility in Michigan.
There's no serious health risk, but some babies may end up with an upset stomach or lose their appetite due to gastrointestinal discomfort. Stop using the formula for now, and visit the Similac recall website or call 800-986-8850 to find out if your baby's formula is included in the recall. A PDF of the recalled Similac lot numbers is also available.