MEDICAL EXAMINER FINDS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN BABY'S DEATH & FOOD TAMPERING; BEECH-NUT NUTRITION LAUNCHES PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
MEDICAL EXAMINER FINDS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN BABY'S DEATH & FOOD
TAMPERING; BEECH-NUT NUTRITION LAUNCHES PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation President James Nichols expressed continuing sympathy to the family of Linda Lin, the five-month old baby who died last month, and gratification, that the autopsy reports released today by the New York Medical Examiner's office show conclusively that there was no linkage between Beech-Nut baby food and the death of the child.
"Based on our information, and after exhaustive studies neither the New York Department of Health nor the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found any link between the child's death and our product," Nichols said.
"Our deepest sorrow goes to the family of Linda Lin," he added. The loss of a child's life is a tragedy regardless of the cause. We know that millions of parents join with us in extending sympathy to the family.
"Even though baby food was not related to the death," said Nichols, "these events clearly remind us that tampering can be an issue for any food product. This has been a horrifying experience for everyone involved. The unusual and unfortunate circumstances in this incident have frightened parents throughout the metropolitan New York area; if any good can be derived from this series of events, it is a heightened awareness among all parties with respect to the safety precautions that apply to all food products.
As a result Beech-Nut is launching a public education campaign on baby food safety. The key message is product safety and the company will be taking the message to the streets with a neighborhood awareness effort. Parents can help ensure the safety of their baby's food if they practice the following steps: Parents should closely examine any baby food jar before it is opened. Every jar of Beech-Nut baby food has a "pop top." If the button atop the jar's lid is depressed before opening, it indicates that the vacuum seal has not been broken. Always make sure the button is down before opening the jar. Also, listen carefully for the distinctive pop when opening the jar. Finally, look at the product in the jar and smell or taste it before feeding.
The company's goal is to restore consumer confidence in the safety of baby food by reminding them to observe these simple steps which have long been in place.
Nichols said Beech-Nut is continuing to cooperate with all authorities in this case. At the same time, today's announcement only reinforces the company's confidence that all Beech-Nut products are safe, wholesome and meet the company's exacting quality standards. Parents can continue to feed Beech-Nut's products to their children with complete confidence.
/CONTACT: Pat Farrell, 212/265-9150, for Beech-Nut Nutrition/ CO: Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation ST: New York IN: FOD SU: JT -- NY087 -- 1696 11/15/91 16:15 EST