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The safety of your baby and toddler is of utmost concern to all parents — especially when it comes to the food that you feed them. Here are some safety guidelines, best practices and baby and toddler food recalls you need to know about.
- 1 October 2019 UPDATE
- 2 What do you do if your baby food has been recalled?
- 3 Food Safety Standards in the US
- 4 Baby Food and Infant Formula Safety Tips
- 4.1 Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to foodborne illnesses. Extra care should be taken when preparing baby foods and formulas.
- 4.2 Wash your hands.
- 4.3 Check the packaging of commercial baby food before buying and serving.
- 4.4 Never ‘double dip’ with baby food.
- 4.5 Store baby and toddler food correctly.
- 5 Baby Food Recalls for 2018-2019 (Updated in September 2019)
- 5.1 Heinz Turkey Stew Baby Food
- 5.2 Herbal Tea for Infants by Mountain Mel’s
- 5.3 Cow and Gate Cheesy Broccoli Bake
- 5.4 Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles
- 5.5 Love Child Organics and PC Organics Baby Food Recall
- 5.6 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtreme Cheddar Crackers
- 5.7 Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal
- 5.8 Hood’s Almond Milk
- 5.9 Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts
- 5.10 Sugar Melon Candy
- 5.11 S&W White Beans
- 5.12 Hy-Vee Recalls Several Meat and Potato Products
- 5.13 Vegetable Fried Rice frozen meal (Feel Good Foods)
- 5.14 Ice Creams:
- 5.15 Margie Cheese
- 6 Baby Food Recalls for 2017
- 7 Baby Food Recalls for 2016
- 8 Tired of All the Recalled Baby Food?
October 2019 UPDATE
A new recently released study from HealthyBabyFood.org has found that 95% of mainstream baby foods tested contained toxic levels of chemicals that can lower IQ in infants, including arsenic and lead.
The highest risk food groups include:
- Many rice-based puff snacks
- Teething biscuits and rice husks
- Infant rice cereal
- Fruit juices
- Carrots and sweet potatoes
One clear area to avoid is obviously RICE-BASED products. We recently conducted an in-depth comparison of Rice vs Oatmeal Cereals and strongly came out in favor of oatmeal as the best option.
What do you do if your baby food has been recalled?
Firstly, don’t panic. Food recalls in the US are generally done proactively. Most products, especially baby and toddler food products don’t get recalled because of the strict guidelines and safety standards in place.
Make sure to keep checking this list to get the latest recalls. Because baby and toddler food recalls are so rare in the US, this list will not get updated very frequently, but we’ll be on the lookout for any new recalls to tell you about and update the list as needed.
Follow the instructions in place of the recall. Most of the time getting your original purchase price back is fairly straightforward.
Throw out any products you find in your home that have been recalled. It’s always better to be safer than sorry when it comes to the safety of your little ones.
Food Safety Standards in the US
The US has very strict safety standards and guidelines, especially when it comes to baby and toddler foods and formulas. Parents should be assured that recalls are rare and that anything that hits the store shelves has had to go through strict food safety protocols, and rules.
The government offers some helpful baby and toddler food safety tips on their website. Here’s a breakdown of some of their tips to ensuring that your baby and toddler food preparations are on point:
Baby Food and Infant Formula Safety Tips
Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to foodborne illnesses. Extra care should be taken when preparing baby foods and formulas.
- You can get our list of baby formula recalls here: Baby Formula Recalls.
Wash your hands.
- Always wash your hands before you prepare baby food. It’s the most important thing you can do.
Check the packaging of commercial baby food before buying and serving.
- For jars, make sure that the safety lid is down before serving. Any loss in suction could mean a bacterial contamination.
- For plastic pouches — Look for packages that are leaking, swollen, or with loose lids. Discard any pouches that appear this way.
Never ‘double dip’ with baby food.
- Never store baby food in the fridge if the baby has been feeding from the container.
- Don’t feed your baby directly from the baby food jar or container, instead portion out the amount you want to feed your baby in a small bowl to avoid cross-contamination.
- Throw away any leftover food in feeding bowl.
- Don’t share spoons with your baby, or with other children.
Store baby and toddler food correctly.
- Throw away out-dated foods.
- Never leave open containers of liquid or pureed baby foods at room temperature for more than a couple of hours, harmful bacteria grows quickly in food left out at room temperature.
- Baby food that has been opened container can only be stored safely in the fridge for 3 days.
- If in doubt, throw it out.
Baby Food Recalls for 2018-2019 (Updated in September 2019)
Heinz Turkey Stew Baby Food
Even though there are no reported cases, Heinz has recalled their baby Turkey Stew due to the possibility of being contaminated with insects. If you have a jar with CFIA number 13162, please contact the closest market where you have made the purchase, so they can explain you the procedure.
Alternative to consider: Hipp Organic Tasty Vegetable Risotto
Herbal Tea for Infants by Mountain Mel’s
The Herbal Tea by Mountain’s Mel’s is recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella and it affects 3 types:
- The Milk Lady’s Herbal Tea Blend with UPS (7 99632 05658 4)
- Peaceful Baby Herbal Tea Blend with USP (7 99632 05656 0)
- Diges-Teas Herbal Tea Blend ( 7 99632 05665 2)
Cow and Gate Cheesy Broccoli Bake
Cow & Gate are recalling the Cheesy Broccoli Bake due to consisting small parts of latex glove which can be found in some of the jars. The company has mainly recalled the product because it doesn’t meet their standards and you can easily exchange the jars in the closest market to you, and you will be refunded the full amount with or without the receipt.
Alternative to try: Gerber 2nd Foods 12 Total
Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles
- Contigo recalls this water bottle as the clear silicone spout can come off and impose a choking hazard. This recall happened August, 2019.
- Contact 888-262-0622 or online at www.gocontigo.com/recall.
Love Child Organics and PC Organics Baby Food Recall
- Health Canada sent out a warning that Love Child Organics and PC Organics packaging defects can cause the food to be spoiled. The recalled baby food was sold in 128ml packages.
- The recalled Love Child flavors include Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potato + Kale, Veggie Casserole with Lentils + Quinoa, Ratatouille with Lentils + White Beans, Pumpkin Risotto with Spinach + Chickpeas, Mango Chicken Stew with Spinach + Quinoa, Thanksgiving Dinner with Veggies + Turkey, and Hearty Bolognese with Beef + Quinoa
- The recalled PC Organics flavors include Parsnip strained baby food, Carrots strained baby food, Peas strained baby food, Sweet Potatoes strained baby food, Vegetables & Turkey strained baby food, Fruity Chicken strained baby food, Spaghetti Bolognese strained baby food, Vegetable & Lentil strained baby food, and Chicken Casserole strained baby food
- Contact 888-495-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alternative to try: Happy Baby Organic Stage 2 Baby Food
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtreme Cheddar Crackers
- Campbell Company of Canada is recalling Pepperidge Farm brand Goldfish Flavour Blasted Xtreme Cheddar Crackers from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.
- The recall includes the following dates: 20/JAN/19, 24/JAN/19, 31/JAN/19, 2/FEB/19, 11/FEB/19, 18/FEB/19, 25/JAN/19, 26/JAN/19
- For more information, contact Pepperidge Farm Customer Service at 800-679-1791.
Alternative to try: Cheese Nips Cheddar Baked Snack Crackers
An even better alternative: Happy Baby Organic Superfood Munchies
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal
- In June 2018, the product was recalled due to 73 salmonela infection reports.
- The affected product’s date has a date from June 14, 2018, to June 14, 2018. In case you have purchased the product, you can go to the market where you have made the purchase and return it.
Alternative to try: Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal
Hood’s Almond Milk
- More than 150.000 gallons of almond milk has been recalled in August 2018 because the milk may actually contain dairy. The gallons have been recalled because they contain allergens which can be really dangerous to people who are intolerant to dairy.
Alternative to try: Silk Almond Milk
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts
- If your toddler enjoys eating nuts, this is a good time to know about Mauna Loa’s latest nut recall which includes several flavors, and you can get more information about these on
- The macadamia nuts were recalled because of possible Escherichia coli contamination in the water and distribution system that supplies the company’s operation.
Alternative to try: Sincerely Nuts Macadamia
Sugar Melon Candy
- SLR Food Distribution Inc. is recalling Sugar Melon Candy with expiration date 2019.01.02. because of undeclared sulfites which may represent a life-threatening danger to individuals allergic on sulfites. Until now, there are no cases being reported.
Alternative to try: Kasugai Melon Gummy Candy
S&W White Beans
- The same case is also with S&W White Beans, which have been recalled because of undeclared sulfites who pose a life-threatening danger. This voluntary recall covers a specific production code manufactured at the facility located in Faribault, MN
Hy-Vee Recalls Several Meat and Potato Products
- Due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the company has recalled tons of containers which have the following number:
All of the products have an expiration date until October 22, 2018, and sooner.
Vegetable Fried Rice frozen meal (Feel Good Foods)
- The company is recalling six lots of Vegetable Fried Rice because it may contain egg, which was not mentioned on the description of the package. In case you have purchased the product, you can easily return it to the place where you have bought it.
- The affected products have an ingredient sticker on the back, as well as one of the following best-by dates stamped on the side: 10/27/19; 10/29/19; 12/04/19; 01/25/20; 01/26/20; 01/28/20
- Sweet Me Creamery Brookie Dough Ice Cream (it may contain peanuts)
- Working Cow Homemade Ice Cream (potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes)
- Stewart’s Shops Corp. is recalling units of Stewart’s pint Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup (packed incorrectly and may contain peanuts)
- EconoMax and Hill Country Fare ice creams (broken metal found in regular maintenance)
- Salt & Straw’s Chocolate Gooey Brownie Ice Cream Pints (it may contain peanuts)
- Izzy’s Maple Nut Ice Cream (it may contain peanuts)
Alternative to try: Haagen-Dazs, Vanilla Ice Cream
- This product was recalled due to the wrong temperature during the pasteurization process.
Alternative to try: French Cow Milk Cheese
Baby Food Recalls for 2017
Yummy Spoonfuls Chicken and Vegetable Products
- Overhill Farms Inc. has recalled Yummy Spoonfuls Chicken Carrot Bites, Yummy Spoonfuls Chicken Sweet Potato Bites, Yummy Spoonfuls Chicken Broccoli Bites, Fully Cooked Organic Chicken Broccoli Bites Chicken and Vegetable Patty, Fully Cooked Organic Chicken Carrot Bites Chicken Patties with Carrots and Cauliflower, and Fully Cooked Organic Chicken Sweet Potato Bites Chicken Patties with Sweet Potatoes, Quinoa & Peas because of consumer complaints of bone fragments in the products.
- Contact Yummy Spoonfuls at 844-986-6948.
Alternative to try: Earth’s Best Kidz All Natural Baked Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Baby Food Recalls for 2016
H-E-B Baby Food
- The entire H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups product line was recalled due to a report received of a small piece of rubber found inside a single container of one variety of the product.
- Contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438.
Alternative to try: Sprout Organic Baby Food Pouches Stage 3 Meat Variety Pack
Gerber Baby Food Recall: Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Pouches
- Gerber voluntarily recalled Organic pouch products after identifying a packaging defect.
- The recalled dates and batch codes include: 12JUL2016 51945335XX, 13JUL 2016 51955335XX, 14JUL2016 51965335XX.
- Contact Gerber at 800-706-0556.
Alternative to try: Gerber Assorted Fruit Toddler Pouch Variety Pack
GoGo SqueeZ Applesauce Pouches
- This recall was issued due to a potential adulteration from food product residue. The recalled applesauce pouches have a Best Before Date of 12/4/15-3/4/17. Any products labeled as organic are not impacted by the recall.
- Contact GoGo Squeez at 844-275-5841 or at www.gogosqueez.com.
Alternative to try: Happy Tot Organic Fiber & Protein Pouch Stage 4Happy Tot Organic Fiber & Protein Pouch Stage 4
Tired of All the Recalled Baby Food?
Well, in general I’ve found the following organic baby food brands to have the best ingredients. Also, if you’ve ever thought making your own baby food is too much work, consider something like the Baby Brezza blender/steamer all-in-one or our list of the best baby food makers.