"There were no injuries," Jette said. "The item never ended up in
the kid's mouth."
The parent bought the baby food at one of three Ralphs
supermarkets in the city, but Jette could not specify which one.
Items packaged and shipped with the tainted food have been pulled
from the stores' shelves, and investigators are determining how many
more grocers should follow suit, he added.
Police are unsure how or where the safety pin was placed in the
bottle. But Lisa Lewis, a spokeswoman for St. Louis- based Beechnut
Nutrition Corp., does not believe the tampering happened in the
"Unfortunately, the customer doesn't recall if the safety button
was down or if there was a loud pop when opened," said Lewis,
referring to the bottle's safety devices.
Lewis said Friday that Beechnut is cooperating with police, but
doesn't plan to recall items until investigators tell the company
This incident does not appear to be connected to the contaminated
bottle of baby food found earlier this week in Irvine, Jette said.