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Reports of tampered infant formula at Edmonton Walmart, no illnesses: CFIA

Last Updated Aug 15, 2019 at 7:26 am MDT

EDMONTON – The federal food safety watchdog is advising consumers to use caution with infant formula products due to potential product substitution or tampering following reports from a Walmart store in southeast Edmonton.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says the reports say products have been found where the tamper-proof seals had been broken and the product inside the containers had been substituted.

It says no illnesses associated with the products, which have not been identified, have been reported.

One Edmonton mother is speaking out after a container of formula she purchased turned out to be flour.

“Terrifying,” said Emily Myrehaug. “I was just so shook up by it. What if I had given it to him (baby), I would have never forgiven myself if he got sick or worse.”

Walmart Canada and Abbott, the makers of Similac baby formula said they’re aware of the incident and are investigating.

Myrehaug hopes the same thing won’t happen to another family.

“I’m definitely not blaming anybody. I definitely want to bring awareness to other parents. Just be mindful and to always check, always look.”

The CFIA says consumers who use infant formulas should check the packaging material to ensure that the security seal is intact or if the product has been switched with something else.

It says if the product appears to have been altered it should not be used and people should call them or local police.

The agency says finding broken seals isn’t typically associated with the manufacturing process but can happen when a consumer returns altered products to the retail store for a refund.

With files from City News

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