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Available Expert - President's Choice baby food recalled

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Queen's University food safety expert Scott Lougheed is available to comment on reports that Loblaw Companies Ltd has expanded a recall of its PC Organics baby food pouches due to the possibility that the pouches could allow the growth of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria that can cause botulism.

"This is a significant expansion of an earlier recall triggered by a consumer complaint, and there may be illnesses associated with these products," explains Mr. Lougheed. "Botulism is not terribly common, but it is potentially deadly. These are products with long shelf lives and consumers may have purchased these products a long time ago. Consumers should not trust their eyes or nose to check product safety."

Mr. Lougheed adds that it is not unusual for recalls to grow or expand over the course of days or weeks. The initial recall was issued on Feb 3, and was expanded today to all products purchased up to and including Feb 8. Consumers are encouraged to consult the CFIA recall listing at inspection.gc.ca and check their pantries for the specific product codes. 

Scott Lougheed is a PhD candidate in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University. His research interests include food and the environment, food waste, and food safety. He is available by phone for interviews on Thursday, Feb 9.

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