Bad Apples

Plum Organics Issues Recall

Baby-food producer Plum Organics has recalled a batch of its apple and carrot baby food, saying, “A routine test determined the formulation was incorrect.” But that’s not the whole story: “The recall was undertaken as a precaution due to the risk of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition,” the recall notice continues. The baby food, which had an expiration date of 2010, contains carrots, a food the Centers for Disease Control warns can often be more susceptible to diseases like botulism. Although “the incidence of the disease is low,” says the CDC, “the mortality rate is high if not treated immediately and properly.”