Kroger recalls 'Comforts For Baby' water due to mold contamination

By Ray Downs  |  Dec. 4, 2017 at 10:31 PM
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Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Kroger grocery store chain issued a recall for its line of purified water for babies after receiving complaints of mold in the product, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

The gallon size of "Comforts For Baby purified water with flouride" tested positive for Talaromyces penicillium, a mold known to cause systemic mycosis, a fungal infection that affects the internal organs.

"In general, inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in some people," the FDA said. "Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Allergic reactions to molds are common and can happen immediately after touching or inhaling mold spores, or later. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are also allergic to mold. Molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, even in people who aren't allergic to them."

The FDA said the mold or fungus found in the Kroger water product may not be visible to the naked eye.

Kroger's recall was for all bottles of the product with sell by between April 26, 2018, and Oct. 10, 2018.

The product has been sold in several states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

In addition to Kroger stores, the product has been sold at Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C Food Plus, Owen's, Payless Super Market and Ruler stores in those states.

The UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2 and the plant code 51-4140.

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