Posts Tagged ‘FDA recall’

Ice cream and listeria

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream® is recalling all of its ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches because the products may have listeria. Listeria is a kind of bacteria that can cause the food poisoning, listeriosis. This recall follows the Blue Bell ice cream recall from a couple weeks ago, also due to listeria.

You can get listeriosis and other kinds of food poisoning from harmful germs in something you eat or drink. Listeriosis can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headache. Most healthy people don’t get sick from listeriosis. It mostly affects people with a weak immune system, including pregnant women, newborns, elderly people and people with health conditions, like diabetes or HIV. If you get listeriosis during pregnancy, it can cause serious and even life-threatening health problems for your growing baby.

If you have the recalled ice cream, throw it out. You also can return or exchange the recalled ice cream at the same store where you bought it. Contact Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at (614) 360-3905 or at if you have any questions.

For more information about this ice cream recall, visit the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website. Learn more about listeriosis and pregnancy.

Store-brand infants’ acetaminophen recalled

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The Perrigo Company, makers of several store-brand infant pain relievers and fever reducers, is recalling some of its liquid acetaminophen because the dosing syringe is missing the dose markings. The dosing syringe is used to measure how much medicine to give your baby. If the syringe is missing the dose markings, parents may give too much or too little of the medicine to their babies.

The recall affects some store-brand infants’ liquid acetaminophen (like generic Tylenol®) in 160 mg/5mL sold in 2oz and 4oz bottles. Some store-brands of infants’ liquid acetaminophen that are being recalled include Babies R Us, Care One, Rite Aid, Walgreens and more.

If you have the recalled infant acetaminophen and the syringe is missing the dose markings, stop using the product and contact Perrigo’s Consumer Affairs Department at (800) 719-9260. For a list of the recalled products and for more information, visit the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Motrin Infant Drops Recalled

Monday, September 9th, 2013

motrin-recall-3The makers of Motrin® are recalling about 200,000 units of Concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor because small plastic particles may have gotten into the medicine. The drops, used to treat infant pain and fever, come in ½ fluid ounce bottles and have the following lot numbers: DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01. The lot numbers can be found on the label.

So far, other Motrin products, like Concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops Dye-free Original Berry Flavor, Children’s or Adult Motrin aren’t included in the recall.

If you have the recalled drops, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends you stop using the product immediately. Pharmacies and other retail stores are being asked to remove the affected products from store shelves. Visit the FDA website for more information on the Motrin recall.

Infant’s grape flavored Tylenol® recalled

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Infant’s grape flavored liquid Tylenol is being recalled because of a problem with the dosing tool. Infants’ Tylenol Oral Suspension Grape uses a dosing syringe, a tube with a nozzle used to draw in and release fluid. The dosing syringe is placed into a protective cover, called a flow restrictor, that sits at the top of the bottle and helps to measure the right amount of medicine to give. Some parents reported problems with using the dosing syringe, in which the protective cover at the top of the bottle was pushed into the bottle when inserting the syringe.

Over half a million bottles of this grape flavored infant Tylenol were distributed nationwide. If you have this Tylenol and are having problems using the dosing syringe, stop using the product and contact Tylenol at or McNeil Consumer Healthcare (makers of Tylenol) at (888) 222-6036 for a refund.

To learn more about the recall, visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Watch this video to learn more about the dosing syringe. Learn more about your baby’s health.

Peanut butter recall

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Smucker’s® is recalling its Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may have Salmonella, bacteria that cause salmonellosis infection. People with salmonellosis can get sick and may have diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The recall is for Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the following details:

• Purchased between November 8 – 17, 2011
• UPC 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code)
• Production Codes 1307004 and 1308004
• Best-If-Used-By dates August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012
• Chunky product only (not creamy)

In most healthy adults, symptoms can last for days. But pregnant women, babies and others with weakened immune systems can sometimes become seriously ill from Salmonella infection.  Occasionally, a pregnant woman can pass a Salmonella infection on to her baby. After birth, her baby can get diarrhea, fever and, less frequently, meningitis after birth. Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.

Visit the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website for more information on the peanut butter recall.

Don’t give SimplyThick to premature babies

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

simplythickThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging parents not to give premature babies (babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) the thickening product called SimplyThick. The product may cause a life-threatening health problem called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). With NEC, tissue in the intestines gets inflamed and dies.

Some premature babies have trouble swallowing. SimplyThick is a product that’s added to breastmilk or formula to make it thicker. Health providers recommended SimplyThick because it helped premature babies swallow their food and keep it down, without spitting it up. SimplyThick was available from distributors and local pharmacies.

The FDA learned that some babies got sick with NEC after they were sent home on an eating plan that included SimplyThick. Sadly, some of these babies died. NEC most often happens early in a premature baby’s life while she is still in the hospital, not after she’s sent home. NEC is very dangerous to a baby’s health.

At this time, the FDA isn’t sure what about SimplyThick is making babies sick. The organization is actively looking into the link between SimplyThick and these illnesses and deaths.

In the meantime, the FDA urges parents to stop using the product immediately, even if their babies don’t appear to be sick.

Call your baby’s health care provider if she shows any of these signs:
• bloated stomach
• greenish-tinged vomiting
• bloody stools

For more information on SimplyThick and the risk to premature babies, visit the FDA website.

Similac powdered infant formula recalled

Monday, September 27th, 2010

About 5 million Similac powdered infant formula containers, including Isomil and Go & Grow, are being recalled. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that these containers may have insect pieces or larvae in them.

The recall is for milk and soy-based Similac powdered infant formulas sold in United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and some Caribbean countries. Some of these formulas were given to families through the federal government’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) health and nutrition program. Similac liquid formulas aren’t being recalled.

If you’ve already fed your baby some of the recalled powdered formula, the FDA reassures that your baby won’t have any long-term health problems. In the meantime, if you have a recalled container, stop using it immediately and return it to the manufacture for a full refund.

To learn more or to see a complete list of the recalled powdered infant formula products, visit the FDA Web site. You can also look at the lot numbers printed at the bottom of the formula containers and enter them in the search box on this FDA Web page to see if they’re part of the recall. Contact Abbott (makers of Similac) at (800) 986-8850 with any questions.

Kellogg’s cereals recalled

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling nearly 28 million boxes of Kellogg’s® brand cereals. The cereals being recalled are Apple Jacks®, Corn Pops®, Froot Loops® and Honey Smacks®. The FDA received reports that the package liners in these cereals have an unusual smell affecting the flavor of the cereals. Some people reported having temporary nausea or diarrhea.

The cereals were sold at stores nationwide between March and June of this year. If you have any of the cereals mentioned above, take a look at the Better If Used Before Date on the box. Only cereal boxes with the letters “KN” appearing after the Better If Used Before Date are being recalled.

While it’s unlikely for people to get seriously ill, the FDA recommends that consumers stop eating these cereals and contact the Kellogg’s Consumer Response Center at 888-801-4163 for a new box of cereal.  Visit the FDA Web site for more information. Learn more about food safety.

Romaine lettuce issues

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

romaine-lettuceIf you are working on getting to a healthy weight before getting pregnant, you may be eating lots of vegetables, fruits and plenty of salad. Last week you may have read or heard on the news that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recalled certain packages of romaine lettuce due to an outbreak of food-borne illness that has sickened at least 19 people in three states.  Today, Vaughn Foods has now joined Freshway Foods in voluntarily recalling romaine lettuce packages with a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier.

I just read an update that federal and state officials confirm a link between the bagged romaine lettuce and E. coli O145 illness outbreak. While most adults recover from the diarrheal illness caused by E. coli within a week, E. coli O145 can turn into a very serious condition.  Symptoms of infection with harmful E. coli may range from none to mild diarrhea to severe complications. The acute symptoms include severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may be bloody. Some people may get serious complications, such as kidney damage. The FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourage anyone who has experienced the symptoms after eating romaine lettuce products described here to contact his or her health care provider immediately.

For more information, read the FDA update.

Infants’ and children’s over-the-counter medicines recalled

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling children’s and infants’ liquid medicines that are sold over-the-counter at drug stores and retail locations nationwide. The products include infants’ and children’s Tylenol®, Motrin®, Zyrtec® and Benadryl®. Some of these products don’t meet required quality standards and have:
• a higher concentration of active ingredient than shown on the label
• inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements
• tiny particles.

While the likelihood for serious health risks is small, the FDA is asking parents to stop using these products immediately. To learn more about the products being recalled, visit the FDA Web site.