FDA warns about parasite in baby product

September 24, 2007

FDA warns about risk of Cryptosporidium illness from Baby's Bliss Gripe Water

The FDA is warning consumers not to consume Baby's Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, with a code of 26952V and expiration date of October 2008 (shown as "10/08" on the label), distributed by MOM Enterprises Inc. of San Rafael, Calif. The agency confirmed through laboratory analysis the presence of Cryptosporidium after investigating the illness of a six-week-old infant in Minnesota who consumed the product. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that can cause intestinal infections. The most common symptom of infection is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include dehydration, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms generally begin two to 10 days after one becomes infected with the parasite and generally last one to two weeks. Parents of children who have recently consumed this product and have these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Parents and children who have given this product to their infants and children should be alert for diarrhea and other signs of Cryptosporidium infection. The FDA advises consumers to throw away bottles of the product. Consumers can call the agency at 1-(888) 723-3366.

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