16/10/18: At least one ill in Canada; PediaSure, Ensure, other nutrition drinks recalled

recalled-CFIA-Ensure-Pediasure-bacteria-illness-660x373The maker of some of North America’s best known “dense nutrition” liquids, which are frequently used for young children and elderly or sick adults, is recalling more products in relation to at least one illness.

Although the nature of the illness has not been reported, recall notices for the Abbott products reference the possible bacterial contamination. Canadian officials reported consumer complaints triggered the product recalls.

To view labels for other Abbott products subject to this recall, please click on the above image.
Abbott, a multinational corporation with a range of health-related divisions, initially recalled three of its liquid nutrition products on Sept. 23. The company distributed those products to retailers nationwide in Canada, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). At that time Canadian officials were investigating one illness associated with the consumption of the products.

The CFIA’s Oct. 15 notice also referenced only one illness, but it added more than a dozen products to the recall list.

“This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s food safety investigation in collaboration with Abbott,” according to the Oct. 15 recall notice.

“Abbott is recalling certain Abbott brand formulated liquid nutrition products in 235 mL metal cans from the marketplace due to possible bacterial contamination. Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hospitals and nursing homes should not sell or use the recalled products described below.”

Anyone who has consumed any of the recalled products and become sick, or served them to someone who then became ill, is urged to seek medical attention.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

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