GoGo squeeZ, the company that produces fruit and vegetable snack foods for children in squeezable pouches, has announced the voluntary recall of specific pouches and cartons of applesauce that may be contaminated by mold.
In a letter to customers on its web site, the company said it had “identified an issue in our recent production that led to the development of some common mold (like what can form on fruit) in a small number of pouches.”
GoGo squeeZ had an independent lab test the mold, and says an “expert microbiologist” determined that it poses no known health risk. But the company said the mold is unpleasant to look at or taste, and “this is simply not the kind of experience we want you to have.” The company said it has taken steps to “fully understand” and fix the problem. GoGo squeeZ said it is “confident” that the company is again meeting its “high quality standards.” The company said it has been working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its actions.
The letter to customers said the company was able to catch most of the potentially affected products before they reached stores. But a small number may have reached store shelves. The recall includes products with a Best Before Date between 6/30/16 and 7/26/16, produced in the U.S. Any pouches or cartons with a Best Before Date between 6/30/16 and 7/26/16 and a 5-character production code beginning with the letters US are included in the voluntary recall. The company web site has images of the product labels to help consumers identify potentially affected products.
The letter to customers on the GoGo squeeZ web site has a link through which customers can report recalled products and request a voucher for a refund. Or customers may call the company at 1-844-275-5841. The letter also has a link to FAQs about the recall.
The letter concluded with an apology to customers for the situation.