Producer Remembers Toddler Probiotics – WholeFoods Journal
As a precaution, MaryRuth’s is voluntarily recalling two batches of its liquid infant probiotic (1 ounce) over the possibility of contamination by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, according to a company announcement released by the FDA.
P. aeruginosa is a microorganism that, if ingested, can cause infection in immunocompromised individuals or rarely in young infants, although infections in immunocompromised infants are generally restricted to hospitals. In these situations, it is possible that the infant’s gut will not be able to prevent P. aeruginosa from gaining access to the blood, which can have serious health consequences.
The recall affects two lots of the product: Lot # 100420218 and Lot # 100520218, UPC barcode number 856645008587. Lot numbers are located on the side of the bottle and on the bottom of the outer container in which the product is sold. The product is sold through Target, Amazon and the company’s website.
MaryRuth’s is asking customers to discard products with the affected lot numbers and contact the company’s customer service center to request a full refund.
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The company discovered the potential problem with routine laboratory testing. The only complaint MaryRuth has received so far was a report of transient diarrhea in an older infant after consuming the product, which the company does not believe to be related to the presence of the microorganism.
“We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this situation causes our customers and we are here to support them,” said MaryRuth Ghiyam, Founder and CEO of MaryRuth, in the announcement. “MaryRuth’s is primarily dedicated to the safety, health and well-being of its customers and has invested heavily in safety and quality protocols and continues to invest to ensure that we only make the best products.