Recall alert: Kroger bottled water for babies at risk for mold


If you’ve recently purchased pediatric bottled water from Kroger or one of its affiliates, you may want to check it. Kroger has issued a recall for the bottled water after customers complained about mold in the product, according to a U.S. government recall notice.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) said the sell-by dates for the water are from April 26, 2018, to October 10, 2018. The product is sold under the brand Comforts For Baby Purified Water with Fluoride.

Bottled water for infants may have mold

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to a recall of Comforts For Baby Purified Water with Fluoride with certain sell by dates, sold by Kroger in various affiliated stores, due to potential mold contamination,” the agency said in a news release.

If you suspect someone in your household may have been exposed to mold, either by touching it or inhaling its spores, some symptoms to look out for include allergic reactions such as sneezing, skin irritation, runny nose and red eyes. Exposure can also prompt asthma attacks in some people, the FDA said. If you think your baby has been exposed, consult your health care professional.

The impacted bottles are labeled with the UPC code 0 41260 37597 2, plant code 51-4140. “Testing by Kroger has identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium,” the FDA said on social media.

In addition to Kroger’s namesake stores, the bottled water was distributed at Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C Food Plus,  Owen’s, Payless Super Market, and Ruler stores in multiple states.

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