Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

'Comforts for Baby' purified water recalled after mold complaints

'Comforts for Baby' purified water recalled after mold complaints

Kroger is recalling purified water for babies after the grocery chain discovered mold in the product.

The mold can have "serious health consequences" for babies, according to the FDA.

Kroger Company has recalled Comforts For Baby Purified Water with Fluoride with sell by dates from 4/26/2018-10/10/2018 after receiving complaints of mold in the product.

The water - Comforts for Baby Purified Water with Fluoride Added - in one-gallon containers is contaminated with Talaromyces penicillium, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The bottles are labeled with UPC code 0 41260 37597 2, plant code 51-4140 and the text "DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202".

The affected drinks are jugs with sell-by dates between April 26, 2018, and October 10, 2018, which are sold at various chains owned by the Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.

The allergic reactions to the mold or mold spores are generally hayfever-like, the agency said, with symptoms including sneezing, red eyes and skin rashes.

The FDA said exposure can cause skin and respiratory irritation. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are also allergic to mold.

Kroger has pulled the product from its shelves. "Customers who see discoloration in the product are welcome to return it to our stores for a refund". In addition to Kroger grocery stores, the products were sent to affiliated stores such as Food 4 Less, Jay C Food Plus, Payless Super Market and Ruler stores.

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