Baby foods recalled over contamination with plant toxins

| December 16, 2014

holle recallHolle Baby Food GmbH Serviceburo is recalling all batches of certain baby foods in some European countries because of the presence of the undesirable natural plant toxins atropine and scopolamine.

The recalled products are four varieties of Holle brand organic porridge in 250g packs, plus a single Lebenswert brand porridge. All batch codes and best before dates are affected. The products were manufactured in Switzerland and widely distributed in Europe.

National food safety authorities in the UK and Ireland have warned consumers that consumption of the recalled baby foods could cause short term adverse effects, including dilated pupils, change of heart rate, dryness of the mouth, constipation, urinary retention and flushed skin. However, there are said to be no long-term effects.

Atropine and scopolamine are secondary metabolites of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family, which includes poisonous plants such as deadly nightshade and henbane.

More information about this recall can be found on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) website here.

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