Child Safety

Mold In Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water – Recall

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, announced a recall of some jugs of The Kroger Company’s Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride due to the potential for mold contamination.

In the press release, which was issued not by Kroger but by the FDA, it was revealed that tests on samples of the water had turned up Talaromyces penicillium. The tests were prompted by consumer complaints.

The agency also warns that even though the jugs the water comes in are clear, the mold may not be visible to the average consumer.

Stores known to offer this product include:

  • Food 4 Less
  • Jay C
  • Jay C Food Plus
  • Kroger
  • Kroger Marketplace
  • Owen’s
  • Payless Super Market
  • Ruler

Those stores are located in these states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Kroger says that all affected stores have been notified of the recall and instructed to pull any remaining inventory from store shelves.

If you think this recall could affect you, you’ll want to look for: Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added in 1 gal jugs. The covered UPC is 0 41260 37597 2 and the plant code is 51-4140. The sell-by date codes run from 4/26/2018 to 10/10/2018.

The primary concern, according to the FDA’s advisory, is to children with compromised immune systems but allergic reactions to mold can occur in healthy people, too.

If you find any of the recalled water in your possession you are, of course, advised not to use it. Take it back to your place of purchase for a refund. And for more information, call the FDA’s hotline at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

As of my last check this morning there was no recall notice posted at either Kroger’s product recall page or the ComfortsForBaby website. Equally silent was the brand’s Facebook page.

Neither Kroger nor FDA provided a product photo.