Baby food maggots

Insect Larvae in Earth's Best Baby Food Pouches

Claim:   Pouches of Earth's Best brand organic baby food are contaminated with insect larvae.


Examples:   [Collected via Facebook, November 2013]

Came across this while scrolling through my feed. It's supposedly bug larvae in baby food pouches from Target. Wonder if it's true.


Origins:   In November 2013 Facebook user Liz Tapan posted a video to that social network to document her claim that a pouch of Earth's Best brand Butternut Squash Pear organic baby food she had purchased at a Target store revealed upon opening to be infested with maggots or some other type of insect larvae:

Warning for all those that feed their babies from Baby food pouches!!!! This just happened to me! I bought 4 pouches at Target this evening. We got home, I gave Molly the bag and she tried it and spit it out! Then I tried it, squirted it in my mouth and almost threw up! I spit it in the sink to find bug larvae!! Yes!! Watch the video to see them for yourself!

It is unknown at this time what the point of origin (e.g., production facility, retail outlet, post-purchase) or source of the reported contamination might have been, or how widespread a contamination issue with Earth's Best products there might potentially be. Ms. Tapan has since updated her own Facebook page to note that Earth's Best responded to her and is investigating the issue:

Earth's Best Organics has reached out to me and I just got off of the phone with the Chief Marketing Officer. They have reassured me that they are currently investigating this incident, and have gone through great measures to try and figure out how to rectify this. They have sent personnel to the Target store where I purchased the product to remove the leftover products from their shelves. The are tracking the lot numbers to get more information about this batch of food. It is very possible that this was an isolated case and could have resulted from someone tampering with their product on the shelf. Again, my wish was for people to be aware that incidents such as these CAN occur and to PLEASE check your baby food before feeding it to your baby. These packages are not tamper proof, and we cannot see what is going on with them. That is NOT restricted to any one brand of food - it applies to all of these pouch foods we buy for convenience. Hopefully they will consider moving towards a more tamper proof cap or even clear bags so there is transparency and we can see what we are purchasing!

On 13 November 2013 Irwin D. Simon, the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Hain Celestial Group, Inc., posted an update on the issue to Earth's Best Facebook page, stating that the company had not yet been able to ascertain a cause for the reported product contamination and had not yet uncovered any other instances of similar problems:

As soon as we learned about a video posted on Facebook concerning Earth's Best Organic® Butternut Squash Pear Baby Food Puree in a pouch, we acted immediately to ensure that our highest quality standards were being met in every pouch we produce. We promised that we would update you as our investigation progressed and here is what we have learned:

- We went to the store where the mom who posted the video on Facebook said she purchased the product. We bought a variety of samples of Earth's Best Organic® Butternut Squash Pear Baby Food Puree in a pouch that was on the store shelves, including two from the same production date. Our testing did not show any contaminants or any signs of potential contamination and the product met our stringent quality standards.

- In accordance with our manufacturing practices, we keep samples from each production run. We tested product from this production run, including a sample which had been

produced less than twelve minutes after the pouch bought by the mom who posted the video. We did not find a single contaminant or any signs of potential contamination, and the product met our stringent quality standards.

- We reached out to the mom who posted the video to arrange for us to inspect and test the pouch she had purchased. She initially agreed to allow us to retrieve the product, and we quickly arranged to pick up the product, but she changed her mind. Therefore, we have not been able to determine if there was some damage to the product after it left our control that could have compromised the product’s integrity.

- We even consulted with a well-respected etymologist [sic] about the possibility of insects or larvae being able to exist in the product. The scientist confirmed what we had already known. Current Good Manufacturing Practices, set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and which the company strictly adheres to, provide for high temperature processing of fruits and vegetables during the manufacturing of this product. Living insects would not be able to survive the heat treatment.

By the following day, all material related to this matter had been removed from Liz Tapan's Facebook page.

Last updated:   14 November 2013

Woman finds worms in baby's formula after feeding infant



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Helen Williamson says she saw the worms crawling inside her baby's bottle

KANSAS CITY, MO (KTRK) -- The baby's mother couldn't believe what she found inside her bottle.

"You guys are not going to believe this," Helen Williamson says in a viral video. "I found worms! Lots of worms!"

Williamson says the source was even more shocking: a can of Nutramigen baby formula.

"I went to burp her like normal. I happened to glance over at the bottle and saw, you know, waves," Williamson says. "I pick up the bottle and hold it in the light, and I see worms like inching up."

She says the baby bottle was brand new and freshly washed. Unfortunately, she's not the only one who has experienced this problem before.

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Taylor Seyler says she noticed the worms in another baby formula after her child had consumed two ounces.

"I was like, oh, that's great," Seyler says.

The company that produced Similac says a third-party entomologist looked at the photos and determined they were Indian Meal Moth Larva.

Similac claims the larva entered the product after they were shipped from their facilities and the safety seal was removed.

Seyler says if this is happening, the formula companies should put a warning about the potential for worms showing up inside the cans.

"Have a disclaimer, make a post about it," Seyler says.

Williamson agrees.

"You know I depend on that company and this is what happens. Then I hear that this isn't the first time. It's not right. It really isn't," Williamson says. "This is a nightmare."

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Insect larvae found in baby food in Odessa

Employees of the Odessa Center for Consumer Rights Protection have found unsuitable for consumption of a batch of infant formula of a well-known brand, sold through retail chains in the Odessa region.

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We are sitting on the IV. We eat Samper Bifidus infant formula. nine0011 Yesterday my husband brought formula from the store, started feeding him at night and during the day, respectively.
And today, while walking, I noticed that some kind of cocoa was floating in the bottle. In general, the mixture began to pour out, and at the bottom there was a flour bug larva, as it turned out. At first I thought, well, maybe something fell from the tree, it was my own fault. I was worried....
At home I rummaged through the whole box. I did not find any more larvae, but I noticed that the mixture itself was caked ...
I began to feed during the day, suspiciously checking the bottle - clean. Next feeding - AGAIN GRUB!!! Now she could not fall from the tree. You can see them when the mixture is already diluted - so I couldn’t find anything in the box ... Most likely it was the flour bugs that were deposited there. My brain can't explain anything anymore0011 In general, they dried this kaku, wrapped it in a bag, put it in a box - tomorrow my husband will go to return it - swear! Tells me to call Samper's hotline. What will I tell them? "How bad you are. A-ta-ta! Don't do that again!"
The most annoying thing is that last night I did not study the bottle for the presence of foreign bodies in it, and on a walk this afternoon the baby ate more than half. Thank the Gods, ttt, everything seems to be in order
In general, do not lose vigilance

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The worm in baby food turned out to be a larva of a pest

Photo Specialists checked the baby food in which the worm was found. Recall that a resident of the regional center turned to the editorial office of Vesti. She was feeding her 10-month-old son with diluted milk formula when she discovered a larva of an unknown organism.

We took the bottle with food and the pack with the rest of the mixture for examination to the laboratory of the regional center for hygiene and disinfection. And now the verdict of experts is ready. The worm turned out to be an adult larva of a pest beetle. It is not a carrier of diseases, but it can cause intestinal upset in a child. nine0003

Similac baby food may contain beetle larvae and some tiny insect parts in certain lot numbers because in one of its production facilities, beetles were found. A batch of supposedly contaminated produce does not carry much of a health risk, as used to be the case with egg recall and the danger of salmonella infections.

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I'm shocked! Today I watched the program "Habitat". and so they showed there that they found a larva of some beetle 3 cm in size in the meat puree. Just a nightmare! Again, the problem arises before me, what kind of complementary foods to introduce: from jars or cook it myself? nine0003

British company has released baby food with mold and maggots!


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In the UK, a serious scandal flares up around the baby food company Cow and Gate. In fruit purees intended for four-month-old babies, outraged parents found mold, larvae and insects. The company tries to justify itself, while worried mothers meanwhile warn each other of the danger through social networks. nine0003

British parents bombard baby food company Cow and Gate with angry letters after they found mold and foreign objects in their products. Mold has been found in a range of the company's products - yoghurts, fruit purees and even some types of milk formulas. There were even insects! "It's disgusting when you find a spider in a porridge for 4-6-month-old babies! It's just a nightmare!" writes one of the mothers, Kelly McAlley.

Parents found such a layer of green mold in a rice porridge with fruit. But after all, mold could appear earlier, and if there was little of it, the parents might not notice it! "What if I hadn't noticed this and my girl would have eaten the insect! I'm just terrified! I'm still sick!" - writes an excited mother.

Here is the same spider that Kelly McAlley found in her baby food jar. And she is not alone: ​​Dozens of parents have reported foreign inclusions in Cow and Gate brand products. “I couldn’t believe my eyes!” writes another indignant mother. “We have always considered your brand to be reliable, and here it is! This jar has a shelf life until 2018, and I kept it according to all the rules! And I certainly didn’t expect to see There's mold in there! Parents, be careful when choosing baby food!" nine0003

Rebecca Shearing posted a photo of moldy baby food online that the label says could have been stored until November 2017. "And I licked the lid before looking inside!" - Rebecca is horrified. - It's good that I didn't have time to give it to my 6-month-old baby!

Cow and Gate product photos with extraneous - and rather disgusting - inclusions are growing on the web every day. Here's what parents found in powdered milk formula. "My child's health is no joke!" - the mother is indignant. And another parent posted a video on a social network in which a worm wriggles in the product. nine0003

Outraged parents' complaints were quickly responded to by the brand's social media staff. According to them, they send all the photos to quality specialists. The company says they are investigating, but the firm denies any manufacturing irregularities. "Product quality has always been a priority for us," says a Cow and Gate spokesperson. "We produce 18,000 baby formulas every day, and of course there are complaints." nine0003

To date, the company denies any responsibility for what is happening. “We produce products only from natural ingredients, under careful control, observing standards,” says the brand representative. “Foreign inclusions, including mold, could not be related to production at all, appearing at the stage of transportation and storage. investigated, found to be damaged.


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