Kroger recalls bottled water for babies after mold found
The Kroger Company on Monday recalled Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride after mold was found in the product.
The recalled water is sold in clear, one-gallon containers with sell-by dates from April 26, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018.
It was sold at Kroger stores, including Kroger, Kroger Marketplaces and Payless Super Market, in North Carolina and South Carolina, among other states.
Testing by Kroger confirmed the mold as Talaromyces penicillium.
The FDA said inhaling or touching the mold or its spores can cause an allergic reaction in some people that includes symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash.
"Allergic reactions to molds are common and can happen immediately after touching or inhaling mold spores, or later," the FDA said.
Molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, even in people who aren’t allergic to them."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the mold might not be visible to the naked eye.
The labels also state "DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202," according to the FDA.
Anyone who purchased the product can return it to the store for a refund.