The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall of a Beech-Nut Nutrition baby-food product on Tuesday after a pretty horrifying discovery. According to the USDA, a consumer found a small piece of glass in a jar of "Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken," and an oral injury linked to the product has been reported. So far, only one complaint has been filed, but Beech-Nut voluntarily recalled nearly 2,000 pounds of its sweet potato-and-chicken product this week as precaution. No other Beech-Nut products have been recalled.
The baby-food company said in a statement on its website:
We have initiated a voluntary recall pertaining only to certain jars of our Classics Stage 2 Sweet Potato & Chicken. This is following a single report of a small piece of glass found in one jar of the product. We have no indication that other jars have been affected, but as a company of parents and families we are acting with an abundance of caution.
"The quality and safety of our products is our number one priority," Beech-Nut President Jeff Boutelle added in a statement. "We know that our high quality expectations were not met in this situation, and we apologize to our loyal consumers."
The product's establishment number inside the USDA mark of inspection is "P-68A," while the product numbers labeled on the cap are "12395750815" through "12395750821." The expiration date of the product is December 2016, the USDA said. At this time, no other Beech-Nut jars or products have been affected by the recall.
Beech-Nut said it initiated the voluntary recall because "when any product ... falls short of those standards, we take swift action to correct it." The organic-minded company, which is located in upstate New York, strives to make baby food with "real ingredients." Beech-Nut contends all of its products are "freshly prepared and packaged in clean, safe and environmentally-friendly packaging."
The company urged customers to return the affected sweet-potato-and-chicken product to the store from where it was purchased. Customers would be able to receive a full refund or exchange, Beech-Nut said.
Customers who may have purchased the recalled jar or have any other concerns can also call the company directly at (866) 674-4446 to receive a refund or to file a complaint. In the meantime, any children who have consumed the affected sweet-potato-and-chicken meal should visit a medical professional, the company said.
Beech-Nut reiterated its concern for its customers, promising on its website that safety is a top priority and will continue to be going forward. "We know we have not met the expectations of parents who rely on Beech-Nut for quality nutrition for their babies and toddlers in this case, and for that we apologize," the company said.
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