The Gerber Products Company in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on March 8, 2012 the recall and replacement of another powdered infant formula.
The 23.2 ounce plastic containers of Gerber Good Start Gentle powdered infant formula of the GPX1684 batch that expire on March 5, 2013 are being recalled due to reports of a strange smell. The batch number and expiration date can be found on the bottom of the plastic containers. Only containers marked with GPX1684 are affected by the recall.
There have been reports of babies spitting up the formula and some incidents of minor gastrointestinal upsets, but both Gerber and the FDA assure parents whose babies have already consumed the recalled batch of Gerber Good Start Gentle that the baby formula poses no health or safety risks.
The recall announcement does not indicate the cause of the strange odor.
Gerber is offering replacements for customers who bought containers of the recalled formula. Consumers can call the Gerber Parents Resource Center at 1-800-487-7763 to request a replacement.
Gerber also announced that the company is working closely with retailers to remove any remaining containers of the recalled infant formula from shelves.
Gerber is not the only baby food company to recall infant formula in the past few months. Enfamil pulled a batch back in December after the death of an infant was allegedly linked to the dangerous Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria in the powdered formula.
Do the ever increasing recalls on baby food products worry you? Does the children’s food industry require more oversight to prevent future problems?