Kroger recalls purified water for babies due to mold


A line of bottled water for infants is being recalled after mold was found in the product, according to grocery chain Kroger.

Testing by Kroger identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium in the gallon size of Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added.

The recalled products are labeled with the UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2 and the plant code 51-4140. They feature sell-by dates from 4/26/2018 to 10/10/2018.

The 1-gallon plastic jugs of the "Comforts For Baby Purified Water with Fluoride" are labeled with "DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202". What's the problem? A type of mold that could cause serious allergic reactions.

The FDA is issuing the consumer alert to reach parents and caregivers who may have bought the product, which is intended for infants.

"While no health risk is associated with this product, out of an abundance of caution, we removed this product from sale several weeks ago", a company spokesperson said.

Drinking the mold in the water could affect infants who have HIV or other health conditions that cause a weakened immune system.

The allergic reactions to the mold or mold spores are generally hayfever-like, the agency said, with symptoms including sneezing, red eyes and skin rashes.

However, people who are allergic to the mold and also asthmatic may suffer asthma attacks. Anyone with the recalled water is urged to throw away any unused portions or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Contact your doctor if you think your baby may be affected.