Infant formula sold only at Walmart is recalled because of fears of metal

By Eric Levenson, CNN and Cara MacDonald, | Posted - Jun. 23, 2019 at 12:41 p.m.

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas — An infant formula sold only at Walmart was voluntarily recalled on Friday because of the potential presence of "metal foreign matter" in a single lot of the product, Perrigo Company said in a news release.

The recall affects a single lot, or 23,388 containers, of the 35-ounce, 992-gram containers of Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron.

No adverse events have been reported to date, the company said, but the recall was made out of an abundance of caution stemming from a consumer report. The recall was also made in consultation with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Perrigo said consumers who bought the product should look on the bottom of the package for Lot Code C26EVFV with a "use by" date of February 26, 2021. Those consumers should stop using the formula and go to Walmart for a refund.

On Walmart's website, the product is billed as "complete nutrition" for a baby's first year and sells for $19.98.

"This formula is quick and easy to make. All you have to do is add water and shake. Feed your kid with confidence by using Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula," the product description says.

Two other products were also voluntarily recalled this weekend by their manufacturer; Unflavored Peñafiel Mineral Spring Water by Keurig Dr Pepper and Starkey Water by Whole Foods.

Keurig Dr Pepper announced on Friday that they were withdrawing the Peñafiel unflavored spring water because they contained "violative levels of arsenic," which is associated with "numerous chronic diseases" when ingested at extremely high levels, according to a press release from the organization. Lab tests found levels of arsenic that were higher than the FDA's standards for bottled mineral water.

All unflavored Peñafiel mineral spring water bottles "including 600 mL and 1.5 L of all date codes" have been withdrawn, according to the press release. Consumers can return the product to the store they purchased it from and receive a full refund.

Whole Foods' Starkey bottled water also showed unsafe levels of arsenic in their product, according to Consumer Reports.

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