Two Nice! brand products have been pulled out from Walgreens stores due to potential health risks linked to glass particles in the fruit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.
All Nice! sliced peaches and mixed fruits in 8-ounce glass jars have been pulled out after Milky Way Corp. has issued a recall in abundance of precaution.
The federal regulatory agency warned consumers that there might be glass in the jars of mixed fruits and peach slices distributed at Walgreens stores across the United States.
"Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if ingested. To date there has been one complaint on the peaches and no complaints on the mixed fruits," FDA said.
A company spokeswoman, however, said that there has been one complaint of an "alleged injury" linked to ingestion of peach slices and there's no reported complaint about the mixed fruit product.
The Nice! Brand products affected by the recall are those with the lot code 3700/01069. The jars are stamped with Best Before dates that say Dec. 15, 2017 for the Peach Slices in Light Syrup and Dec. 8, 2017 for the Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup.
Customers who have bought these products are advised not to consume the contents, but to return them to the stores where they were purchased from.
The FDA has current regulations governing foreign objects in food, which particularly involves hard or sharp objects. It is considered a physical hazard in food if it's something that may cause illness or injury to the consumer. In particular, lacerations in the stomach could cause severe bleeding.
The agency considers the product as adulterated if it contains a hard or sharp object that measures about 7 to 25 millimeters in length. Those smaller than this size rarely cause trauma or serious injury, except in groups who are susceptible, like infants, surgery patients and older adults.
Foreign objects could have been added unintentionally during the food production process. Inspection of raw materials or ingredients should be done to prevent foreign contaminants to be mixed into the product. The production, transport and storage of food should be monitored to reduce the risk of being contaminated either by foreign objects and pathogenic microorganisms.