The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and MOM Enterprises, Inc., of San Rafael, California have recalled apple-flavored Baby's Bliss Gripe Water, with code 26952V and an expiration date of October 2008. Laboratory analysis, prompted by the illness of a 6-week-old infant in Minnesota, detected the presence of the parasite cryptosporidium, which can cause intestinal infections.
About 170,000 products are included in the recall, which were sold in retail stores and worldwide over the internet from November 2006 to September 2007. The apple-flavored Baby's Bliss Gripe Water was sold in a four-ounce plastic bottle inside a cardboard carton.
The most common symptom of infection from the parasite is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include dehydration, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms typically begin two to ten days after becoming infected with the parasite and last one to two weeks. The infection can be life-threatening for infants, children, and pregnant women. Individuals with weakened immune systems are also at risk for a more serious and life-threatening form of illness.
Parents with children who have consumed the recalled apple-flavored Baby's Bliss Gripe Water and who have the symptoms listed above should immediately see a doctor. Parents with children who have consumed the product but do not show symptoms should be alert for diarrhea and other signs of infection.
To view this entire recall, visit http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/mom09_07.html