Vivi and Tom Baby Food brand products recalled due to potential bacterial contamination

Feb 15 2019, 4:31 pm

Vivi and Tom Baby Food is recalling various baby and toddler foods from the marketplace because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that can cause Botulism.

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Consumers should not consume, or feed their children, the recalled products below:

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These products have been distributed across Ontario.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, un-reactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking or including slurred speech, and a change in the sound of voice, including hoarseness.

Symptoms of botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis. In all cases, botulism does not cause a fever. In severe cases, people may die.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.
Vivi and Tom has released a statement with further details about the reasons behind the recall. It can be seen below.

 

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To our valued Vivi & Tom Inc. customers: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) has asked us to reach out to you regarding a recent recall involving the following products: Beef Meatballs Broccoli, Potato & Basil Purée Beef & Squash Purée Salmon & Mango Purée Chicken & Parsnip Purée Liver & Pear Purée Sweet Potato Applesauce Fish Cakes Chicken Meatballs Carrot, Peach & Apricot Purée Squash Bites Note: this recall does not include our Banana-Pumpkin Muffins or Fruit Gummies. This recall has been issued because our jars do not explicitly state on a label that they require refrigeration or freezing. If the food is not properly stored, there is a risk of Clostridium botulinum, also known as botulism. Further details can be found on the CFIA website. The importance of refrigeration and/or freezing of our meals was provided via a handout, an email, or an in-person conversation, which we had believed to be the best way to advise customers of this. However, the CFIA requires that these products have a label affixed to the jar that states this requirement. We have taken the steps necessary to remedy this situation by labeling all jars according to this bylaw, and apologize for any worry or inconvenience that this misinterpretation has caused. The CFIA wants to support Vivi & Tom Inc. with education, and Vivi & Tom Inc. will be working with the CFIA to take corrective action on this matter. As long as the foods were stored properly in the refrigerator or freezer, we do not believe there is cause for concern. There have been no illnesses reported, and there is no reason to panic or fear. We take food quality and handling very seriously at Vivi & Tom. However, we respect the CFIA’s procedures and advise that if you do have any remaining food, please either discard it or arrange for us to pick it up from you, and we will arrange to replace the item or issue a refund. We hope that you know and trust our commitment to providing your little ones with the most nutritious and safe food possible – Vivienne and Thomas have literally eaten from every batch we have made (& loved it!) This is our mission, and we are fully confident in the product we’ve provided you. CONTINUED⬇

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