Whether you choose to bottle feed your newborn with formula or whether you believe that ‘breast is best’, the milk that you will be feeding to your bouncing bundle of joy is a thick soup of nutrients there to support healthy growth. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is midnight feeds and making sure you have enough of the white stuff available to meet demand!
However, every so often in the baby milk industry, there is a recall on a particular brand of baby milk, and you could face concerns (speak to sinklaw.com if you have been affected). That’s why we’re going to look at the kinds of things that can go wrong that may lead to a baby milk recall so that you are in a position to understand what’s going on if it happens to you…
Baby milk is not simply produced in one single area of the world. Baby milk is produced all over the globe, with different laws governing not only the hygiene standards involved in the manufacturing process but with potentially very different laws also outlining what is expected in terms of storage and transport. This means that the baby lined up on supermarket shelves could have come from a background with quite unknown handling protocols (i.e. guaranteed sanitation levels can only be ensured once the product reaches domestic shores, with no such guarantee existing outside of domestic borders).
Salmonella is one reason that baby milk may be recalled. Salmonella is a bacterium that has no color, no taste, and no smell. Ingestion of this bacteria can cause stomach cramps, fever, pain in the gut, and diarrhea. Salmonella can be transmitted via contaminated foods that have come into contact with unwashed hands (after using the bathroom, for example, or after changing and powdering a baby but failing to use disinfect on your hands before returning to tasks).
Always speak to your doctor if you suspect that your child may be suffering from salmonella poisoning.
Other recalls may be related to allergies
In the case of baby milk recalls, the food industry will see fit to issue the recall where there is reason to suspect that certain allergens have been introduced to the product, despite the label clearly stating that such allergens are not present in that product. For example, a baby milk recall may be issued where a product that is sold as being suitable for lactose intolerant children is found to contain milk (or derivatives of milk).
While this poses potentially different levels of risk to those affected by the presence of the allergen, the recall is considerably different from the one which was brought about by the presence of an illness-causing bacteria such as salmonella.
Baby milk recalls can happen for many reasons, and some of them are serious enough to warrant genuine concern. However, just because a particular recall has happened to your favorite brand, doesn’t mean that there is necessarily anything to worry about where your child is unlikely to be affected by the reason for the recall.