Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
CINCINNATI – The Kroger Co. is recalling bottled water for infants after customers complained they found mold in the product.
According to a news release on the Food and Drug Administration website, the recall is for 1-gallon bottles of Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water With Fluoride Added with sell-by dates from April 26, 2018, to Oct. 10, 2018. The bottles are labeled with UPC code 0 41260 37597 2, plant code 51-4140 and the text “DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202.”
Kroger said the product tested positive for Talaromyces penicillium, which can spark allergic reactions.
“Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash,” the release said. “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.”
Babies with HIV or immune-compromising conditions are particularly at risk, the release said.
The water was distributed to Kroger stores – including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C Food Plus, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Owen’s, Payless Super Market and Ruler – in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, the release said. The company has told stores to remove the recalled bottles from their shelves.
If you bought the bottled water, you can return it to the store for a refund, the release said. Do not drink it.
For more information, read the release on the FDA website or call 1-888-SAFEFOOD from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.