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Kroger recalls purified water for babies due to mold problem

Kroger recalls purified water for babies due to mold problem

But although the jugs holding the water are clear, the mold can not always be seen by the naked eye.

The Kroger Company has recalled six months' worth of Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after discovering mold in the product.

The water can be brought back to the store where it was purchased for a refund. Consumers can also identify the recalled water by looking for "sell by" dates between April 26, 2018, and October 10, 2018.

Testing by Kroger confirmed the mold as Talaromyces penicillium. For people with asthma who are allergic to mold, it could trigger an asthma attack.

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"The FDA is issuing this consumer alert to reach parents and caregivers who may have bought the product, which is intended for infants", according to the alert posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website today. It was sold at Kroger stores, including Kroger, Kroger Marketplaces and Payless Super Market, in North Carolina and SC, among other states. Consumers could suffer an allergic reaction - such as a skin rash, runny nose and sneezing - if they inhale or touch the mold.

Kroger (kr) disputed the severity of the problem, but nevertheless told staff in its stores to take the affected bottles off the shelves. The labels also state "DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202", according to the FDA. The affected bottles have sell-by dates of 4/26/2018 to 10/10/2018 and UPC code 0 41260 37597 2.

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

"These individuals may become infected and this may lead to serious health consequences".