Over the past month, a number of baby formula products sold across Canada, in stores such as Walmart and Costco, have been recalled due to possible contamination with bacteria.
The series of warnings also included a correction regarding one product that was erroneously identified as part of the recall.
On October 6, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) initially announced that Loblaw was recalling President’s Choice brand Lower Iron milk-based powered infant formula (900 grams, with UPC 0 60383 69839 3 and date code EXP 2021 AU 29) due to potential contamination with Cronobacter.
However, on October 13, the CFIA issued a correction that this product was incorrectly associated with test results that prompted the warning and was no longer part of a food recall.
Instead, the product confirmed being recalled is President’s Choice brand Sensitive to Lactose milk-based powdered infant formula (638 grams, with UPC 0 60383 12994 1 and date code EXP 2020 NO 05).
Then on October 25, the CFIA stated that Costco Wholesale Canada also began recalling Kirkland Signature brand Non-GMO Infant Formula For Babies Sensitive to Lactose for the same reason.
The affected products include a version sold in 1.36 kilograms (with UPC 0 96619 26926 6 and date code EXP 2020 NO 05 T05DVBV) and a two-pack (1.36 kilograms each, with UPC 0 96619 23600 8 and date code EXP 2020 NO 05 T05DVBV).
After that, the CFIA announced on October 30 that Walmart Canada is recalling Parent’s Choice brand Infant Formula For Babies Sensitive to Lactose (638 grams with UPC 6 28915 09517 3 and date code EXP 2020 NO 05 T05DVBV) also for the same possible bacteria contamination.
Food items contaminated with Cronobacter may not appear or smell spoiled but can still make a person sick.
Although it is not commonly linked to human illness, in some rare cases it can cause serious or fatal bloodstream or central nervous system infections. It has been associated with severe intestinal infection (necrotizing enterocolitis) and blood poisoning (sepsis), particularly in newborns.
More information about Cronobacter is available at the Health Canada website.