Baby Food Pulled From Shelves

01.14.10 Packaging concerns prompt company to recall HAPPYBABY varieties.

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Federal officials issued a consumer alert to notify parents of a voluntary recall of selected HAPPYBABY and HAPPYTOT baby foods due to a packaging defect that could cause the pouches to leak or swell, the Food and Drug Administration reports.

Swollen and leaking pouches may indicate problems with the baby food, including possible bacteria contamination that can cause illness. The recalled meals are packaged in plastic pouches with plastic caps and have expiration dates between November 2010 and January 2011.

The recalled baby foods include Green Bean, Pear & Peas, Butternut Squash & Apple and Spinach Mango Pear. For a complete list of the affected products, parents can visit the FDA or HAPPYBABY websites.

Parents who have purchased these recalled varieties should not feed them to their children and may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers can also contact HAPPYBABY's parent company, Nurture Inc., directly at 212-374-2779.

When your baby is ready for more than milk, feed your little one the most natural foods possible for a healthy start—and there is a world of options. If you're looking for an even more natural touch, follow our three simple steps to preparing and storing baby food made from scratch. For busy moms, homemade baby food may seem like a recipe for disaster, but you don't have to be Julia Child to whip something up. It's actually quite simple, plus it saves money and the options can be more nutritious and tastier than store brands.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.