Food recalls cause problems at every step in the supply chain. Beech-Nut Nutrition of Amsterdam in New York learned that first hand when they had to recall some of their baby food in April 2015 because of possible glass shards. A consumer complained about a small piece of glass that resulted in a mouth injury and Beech-Nut discovered the problem at their manufacturing facility after investigating further. The recall immediately followed the investigation.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food product that was produced on December 12, 2014 by Beech-Nut was recalled. Specifically, the 4-ounce glass jars of sweet potato & chicken in Beech-Nut Classics Stage 2 were a potential threat to consumers. The affected product numbers ranged from 12395750815 to 12395750821.
Consumers who purchased the affected baby food are urged to return the product to the store where it was bought for a full refund. Additionally, stores that carry Beech-Nut baby food have been notified to remove the recalled product from their shelves. It’s unlikely that any of the affected baby food was still in route for distribution, but all of the distributors must also ensure that they are not carrying any of the recalled products. This is a major headache for Beech-Nut PR and their supply chain.
Beech-Nut is regularly investigated for consumer safety and recalls are not common. When they are issued, consumers need to take them seriously. More information about the recall can be obtained by calling the Beech-Nut Consumer Hotline at (866) 674-4446. Additionally, the USDA posts retail distribution lists at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Beech-Nut has put measures in place to prevent glass problems in the future. They have also been cleared of all recalls at this time. It is safe to buy Beech-Nut baby food and distributors only faced minimal slow downs.