Recall Alert: Heinz Mixed Cereal For Babies May Contain Ochratoxin A


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Heinz Canada have issued a warning stating that the Heniz Mixed Cereal for babies should not be consumed due to elevated levels of Ochratoxin A.

Ochratoxin A is a mycotoxin produced by some fungi that can grow in certain food crops such as grains, grapes and coffee beans. Ochratoxin A has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a possible human carcinogen.

The 227 g packages of Heinz Mixed Cereal, a Baby Cereal, Stage 2, From 6 Months have the UPC code 0 57000 02516 8 as well as the best before codes: BB/MA 10 DE 26 and BB/MA 10 DE 29 which can be located on the top left hand corner of the package.

So far, no illnesses associated to the consumption of this product have been reported however the product has been distributed nationally.

The CFIA is advising people not to consume this product however if your child has already consumed this food, they say there is no need for other actions since "Even the highest levels of ochratoxin A 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."

The manufacturer, Heinz Canada, North York, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Heinz Canada at 1-800-565-2100.

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).



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