Soya milk scareBaby milk recalled over allergy fear

17 March 2006

Mothers with babies who are allergic to dairy products have been warned to be vigilant after a batch of Farley's Soya Formula was found to contain cows' milk.

Around 500 cans are affected but the company has pulled the whole batch of 900g soya formula cans from shelves following the discovery.

The withdrawal affects Farley's Soya Formula in 900g cans, with a best before date of 1 February 2008 and the batch number 607D on the base of the can. No other products are known to be affected.

Those with babies who are allergic to or intolerant of cows' milk and dairy products are advised not to use this product but to contact Farley's on 08000 151 557.

Allergy to cows' milk is the most common food allergy in childhood and affects 2 to 7 per cent of babies under one year old.

Milk allergy

The symptoms of milk allergy are often mild and can include rashes, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and difficulty in breathing.

In a very few cases milk allergy can cause anaphylaxis, which can result in difficulty breathing and a rapid fall in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal.