According to an alert issued by the agency on Wednesday, the affected products were sold between March and November 2022 and were contaminated with the bacteria Bacillus cereus, Health Canada‘s sampling and evaluation program has found.
Approximately 10,686 units of the affected teethers were sold across Canada by major retailers and independent retailers, Elfe Juvenile Products and Luv N’ Care Ltd. stated in a press release.
Although these bacteria generally do not cause illness in healthy individuals, they can affect children with weakened immune systems, a statement on the Health Canada website, says.
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Children could experience “stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea” if the teether is punctured and the liquid filling is ingested, Health Canada said.
The recalled products are available in purple, aqua and pink or green, orange, blue.
At the back of the packaging, consumers can find the model number is 537169, UPC 6 27972 53716 9 and embossed lot number M2K18V.
The lot number can also be found on the chamber of the teether.
Health Canada advises consumers with the affected product to “immediately stop using the recalled teethers” and contact Elfe Juvenile Products by registering on their webpage for a free replacement teether.