CANADA: “Bael” canned fruit can cause serious health problems and be dangerous for young children, a Toronto woman says.
A group of Canadian mothers and their children, some of them young children as young as 5, were recently warned by a Toronto company that the fruit can be contaminated with bacteria that cause pneumonia.
“It’s like a nightmare,” said Kristina Wootton, who was among the parents who were sent the alert.
“I was in a panic.
I’m in a wheelchair, my whole body hurts.”
“I don’t know how much time it will take me to get this done, but I’m trying to get it done,” said Woottons mother, Stephanie.
She was among those who were warned by Bael Foods Inc., which operates a farm near Hamilton, Ont., that the can of fruit sold by its brand, Bael, contains bacteria that can cause severe and life-threatening infections.
Bael Foods says it tests its produce for a number of potential contaminants, including E. coli, salmonella, salivary glands, respiratory tract infections and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
“We do not recommend that anyone consume any products containing this bacteria,” said the company in a statement.
Woottons husband, Justin, said he was shocked by the warning.
The company says it’s not sure exactly how many children under 5 have eaten it, but it has confirmed that one child ate it.
There are no specific health risks associated with the fruit, but Wootons children have been sickened before.
Last summer, Wootoons children had serious diarrhea and were vomiting and showing symptoms of pneumonia.
The illness was so severe that they had to be taken to the hospital.
In 2014, Woots children developed an infection that was so deadly that they needed to be hospitalized, and the infection killed one of their children.
Afterward, Watsons husband took his own children to a doctor for testing and the doctor recommended that the family stop eating the fruit.
But Justin Wootson, a certified dietitian who is also a pediatrician, says he doesn’t think that advice was necessary.
As the family continued to suffer with the sickness, the symptoms worsened, and they were forced to seek treatment for other diseases.
He said the doctors recommended they eat the fruit only in small quantities, especially for babies and toddlers, and only if they had been in contact with the contaminated fruit.
Justin Woots said he’s not concerned about what other people might do with the product.
Justin Woot’s son, who is now 11, has had a respiratory infection and a fever that has been worse than his own illness, he said.
At first, he didn’t eat the Bael fruit, and said he felt fine.
Eventually, he started to feel sick and was hospitalized.
He was treated at Children’s Hospital and has since recovered.
When asked why he decided to buy the Baelys fruit, Justin Wott said, “I’m a little scared, but my kids are, too.
They don’t have to know what’s in it.”
As for his other children, Justin said he doesn’t think he’s too worried about their health.
It’s just the same as the time they were sick with their pneumonia.
If they’re going to be in the hospital, they’re not going to have to go in there,” he said, adding that he’s grateful for the doctors who recommended eating the Bears.
I’ve seen them, but not a whole lot of them, he added.
If they need to go to a hospital, I’m just glad they’re in the right place.
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