Press Release

October 21, 2009


State Public Health Director Warns of Potentially Contaminated Baby Food

Plum Organics recalling Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), is urging parents to check their pantry shelves for packets of 4.22-ounce Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food made by Plum Organics and sold individually at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us locations nationally.

Plum Organics recalled the batch of baby food as a precaution due to the risk of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. Consumers should not use these products, even if they appear to be normal, because of the possible health risk.

Symptoms of botulism poisoning include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing. People who have ingested this product and are experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Consumers who have purchased the Plum Organics Apple & Carrot pouch-based baby food with a “best by” date of May 21, 2010 and with the UPC #890180001221, can return the product for a full refund at any Toys-R-Us or Babies-R-Us store. Consumers with questions can call Plum Organics at 888-974-3555 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST or e-mail

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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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