Thursday, December 11, 2008

Clostridium botulinum In Hipp's Baby Food?

December 11, 2008

Norway's Food Safety Authority is warning consumers that some jars of Hipp baby food fruit purée may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

The warning was issued following an illness outbreak in Denmark. The Danish Food Safety Authority is in the process of testing samples of the suspect food.

NFSA is recommending that consumers discard jars of Hipp fruit purée with bananas and apricots identified by L35655, with a use-by date of 31.12.08. The importer has agreed to withdraw the product from the Norwegian retail market.

Hipp is a brand of organic baby foods manufactured in Germany and sold in many countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. International sales and marketing is carried out through the company's UK office.

In a reaction to the Norwegian announcement, Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety has alerted its citizens to the potential problem and has asked retailers to withdraw the product. Hong Kong has requested additional information from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

Results of the Danish lab tests should be available within a few days.

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