Heinz Recalls Baby Food in Canada
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Heinz Canada are warning the public not to consume Heinz Mixed Cereal for babies as it may contain elevated levels of a mycotoxin classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a possible human carcinogen.
The Heinz Mixed Cereal, Stage 2 (from 6 months), is the only product involved in the recall. The 227 gram package contains the UPC code 0 57000 02516 8. The “Best Before” date codes, listed at the top left-hand corner of the package, are BB/MA 10 DE 26 and BB/MA 10 DE 29.
Ochratoxin A is a mycotoxin produced by some fungi that can grow in certain food crops such as grains, grapes, and coffee beans. It is one of the most abundant food-contaminating mycotoxins in the world. Human exposure occurs mainly through consumption of improperly stored food products.
Orchratoxin A has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals and is potentially carcinogenic to humans, Group 2B. It has been shown to be weakly mutagenic, possibly by damaging DNA. In animals, it increased the risk of hepatic (liver) tumors and renal (kidney) tumors.
Orchratoxin A may also cause immunosuppression in animals. The activity may include depressed antibody responses, reduced size of the immune organs (such as the thymus, spleen, and lymph nodes), changes in immune cell number and function, and altered cytokine production.
Only products distributed in Canada is affected. The CFIA reports that there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the product at this time.
If you have the products bearing the identified product code in your home, they should be thrown away and not consumed. However, if your child has already eaten some of the food, the CFIA states that there is no other actions needed, since even the highest levels of the toxin found in these products are not high enough to pose a health risk when consumed as part of a normal diet over the short term.
For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers: Heinz Canada at 1-800-565-2100 orthe CFIA at 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday). For information on all food recalls in Canada, visit the CFIA’s Food Recall Report at http://inspection.gc.ca