The Plum Organics recall of baby food involves baby food sold in 4.22 ounce packages at Toys R Us and Babies R Us retailers nationwide.
The Nest Collective
Plum Organics is a part of the Nest Collective. This collective includes Plum Organics that found its original focus on organic baby food has expanded to include young school aged children with the Plum Kids brand. The second brand in the collective is Revolution Foods. Revolution Foods focuses on bringing healthy meals to schools around the nation. The Nest Collective is also in partnerships with the following:
- Seventh Generation - Sells non-toxic, phosphate free household cleaning products.
- Eat Big Fish - A business consultancy group.
- Greater Good Science Center - A University of California Berkley research center that focuses on finding a better understanding of compassionate people who display altruistic behaviors.
- Chef Ann - Chef Ann Cooper is the self proclaimed "Renegade lunch lady" who works with schools around the nation to help bring more nutritious lunches to school children.
About Plum Organics
Plum Organic baby and toddler foods are made from all organic ingredients with minimal processing and "gentle" cooking to preserve the freshness, vitamins and minerals of the fruits and vegetables. Plum foods are certified organic by the USDA and contain no artificial ingredients or high fructose corn syrup. The baby food sold by Plum comes in portable, resealable pouches.
The Plum Organics Recall
In 2009, Plum Organics voluntarily recalled its 4.22 ounce pouches of apple and carrot variety of baby food. The recall was based on the finding that these particular pouches did not meet the FDA acidity guideline levels, thus making the baby food susceptible to a contamination of the bacteria that causes botulism.
Botulism in infants is a serious condition, though it is very difficult to detect. Some signs and symptoms of infant botulism are:
Infant botulism has no long term effects and less than one percent of the reported cases of infant botulism result in death. There have been no reported cases of any children becoming ill from this Plum's product and the recall was done purely as a precautionary measure. In a statement made to the press, Plum's founder Gigi Lee Chang explained that there was an error in the mixing the "Apple & Carrot" baby food during the production process.
Since the early signs of botulism are so similar to everything from the a flu-bug to the common cold, Plum's is urging parents to throw away or return this product, even if it looks and smells fine.
Specific Recall Information
If you have Plum's baby food products in your home and are wondering if you should be concerned, here is more information on the recall:
- "Apple & Carrot" - This is the only variety involved in the recall.
- Product UPC Code - 890180001221
- Sell by date - Only pouches with the "Sell By" date of May 2010 are being recalled.
If you have additional questions or concerns, contact Plum's Organics by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 888-974-3555 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
It should be noted that Plum's released a statement reassuring parents that the company tested all the varieties of Plum's baby food batches and found no evidence of the low levels of acidity in the recalled "Apple & Pear" variety.
What to Do
Representatives at Plum Organics are urging parents that may have purchased this particular batch of "Apple & Carrot" to either throw the pouch away or return it to their local retailers. You can read the official statement made by the company about the Plum Organics recall. Finally, if in the event you can't read the UPC code or the "Sell By" date on a pouch of Plum's "Apple & Carrot" baby food, err on the safe side and either toss it out or return the product and get a full refund.