FDA issues recall for brand of baby water for mold contamination


Kroger has recalled bottles of purified water for infants because they may contain mold.

Kroger has voluntarily recalled gallons of Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added exclusively sold in its supermarkets due to complaints of mold.

Kroger testing identified Talaromyces penicillium mold in the water after consumers complained about mold in the product.

The water is sold in clear containers, and the mold may not be visible with the naked eye, the FDA said.

According to a release, the product was distributed to Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

The recall, announced Monday, affects gallon bottles with a sell-by date between 4/26/2018 and 10/10/2018.

Symptoms of exposure to mold, including Talaromyces penicillium, can cause immediate or delayed allergic reactions from inhaling or touching the mold or microscopic mold spores. Even those who aren't allergic might get symptoms such as eye, skin and throat irritation. For people with asthma who are allergic to mold, it could trigger an asthma attack. And infants with HIV or other immune system deficiencies could become infected, leading to "serious health consequences", the FDA warned.

Kroger spokeswoman Kristal Howard said "out of an abundance of caution, we removed this product from sale several weeks ago".

Anyone who purchased one of the recalled products should return it to the store for a refund. Contact your doctor if you think your baby may be affected.