The Food and Drug Administration has issued a major recall of popular baby water bottles.
The mold has been identified as Talaromyces penicillium.
The company has received reports of mold in the clear one-gallon containers of baby water. Those retailers with locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia have been ordered to recall the infant water. The affected products also bear the plant code 51-4140 and the UPC number 0 41260 37597 2. The labels also states DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202.
The recall, announced Monday, affects gallon bottles with a sell-by date between 4/26/2018 and 10/10/2018.
Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause allergic reactions in some people. Even those who aren't allergic might get symptoms such as eye, skin and throat irritation. Molds can cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. And infants with HIV or other immune system deficiencies could become infected, leading to "serious health consequences", the FDA warned.
If you have purchased this water, the FDA asks you to return it to the store for a refund. Parents and caregivers of infants should contact their doctor if concerned.