A liquid probiotic product for babies that was sold at Target has been recalled because it could pose the risk of deadly infections.
According to an alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), MaryRuth’s Organics recalled Liquid Probiotic for Infants because it may be contaminated with bacteria that could cause severe life-threatening infections.
Details of the Recall
No infections were reported. However, the recall warns that there is the chance that “the infant’s immature gut will not be able to prevent” the bacteria from gaining access to the blood. From there the bacteria can spread elsewhere in the body resulting in the possibility of serious adverse health consequences.
The recall was issued after a routine lab test showed a positive result for the bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The company has said it is aware of one report of temporary diarrhea in an older infant but does not believe it was related to this pathogen. The recall involves two lots of the products, which were sold nationwide between May 2021 and October 2021 through Target, Amazon, and direct sales from the company’s website. MaryRuth’s is asking consumers to throw away the product and contact their customer care center to request a full refund.
Pseudomonas is a type of bacteria that is found commonly in the environment like in the soil and the water. Of the many different types of Pseudomonas, the one that most often causes infections in humans is Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which could cause infections in the blood, lungs, and other parts of the body. According to the CDC, in 2017, multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa caused an estimated 32,600 infections among hospitalized patients and 2,700 estimated deaths in the United States.
Product Liability Issues
Product manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that anything they put out in the market is tested and safe for use by consumers. Anyone who is affected by a dangerous or defective product can seek compensation for his or her injuries, damages, and losses by filing a product liability claim. Affected victims may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, permanent injuries, disabilities, and pain and suffering.
Families of deceased victims may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.