July 7, 1987
Gerber Products Co., Fremont, Mich., named Carl G. Smith acting CEO to replace Leo D. Goulet, who died Sunday.
May 1, 1993 |
Gerber Recalls Oatmeal: Gerber Products Co. issued a nationwide recall for four-ounce jars of oatmeal after glass particles turned up in the baby food in the Minneapolis area. Gerber recalled one day's production of 2nd Foods Oatmeal with applesauce and bananas after receiving two consumer complaints. No injuries were reported, a Gerber spokesman said. The affected jars are marked with a freshness date of Jan. 20, 1995, and carry the code number 469 F.
October 4, 1994 |
Gerber Recalls Pacifiers: The action involves about 10 million pacifiers that could cause choking because the nipple can break off. No injuries have been reported, Gerber Products Co. said in a news release. NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers made between July 1, 1993, and June 30, 1994, are being recalled. No other Gerber pacifiers or products are involved. Date codes on the back of packages range from 070193 to 063094.
July 2, 1990 |
Baby Food Burns: Gerber Products Co. was sued in Los Angeles Superior Court in a case alleging strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty. Chrislee V. Gedeon, who filed the case, says that when she heated two jars of beef and carrot baby food, the jars appeared stable and were not bubbling or boiling. As soon as she put a plastic spoon in one of the jars, "the contents exploded all over plaintiffs' face, neck, back and chest," causing severe burns, the suit says.
March 13, 1997 |
Gerber Products Co. has promised to halt "deceptive" claims that four out of five pediatricians recommend its baby food, the Federal Trade Commission said. The agency said Gerber relied on a survey of 562 doctors that found only 67 out of 408, or 16%, recommended its baby food. Fremont, Mich.-based Gerber, a unit of Swiss pharmaceutical and chemical company Novartis, acknowledged problems with its ad.
March 9, 2000 |
Gerber Products Co. said it is launching a line of powders, oils and other toiletries for infants and toddlers, a move that pits the king of baby food against baby-care products giant Johnson & Johnson. In all, Summit, N.J.-based Gerber has developed 14 new baby products, including shampoos, diaper rash ointment and vitamin drops. They include an apple-banana-flavored tooth and gum cleaner and a lavender-scented baby wash.