Expanded Recall of Children’s Fruit Puree Due to Lead Poisoning Concerns

by Chloe Baker
Lead-contaminated puree recall

An ongoing federal investigation is now looking into a wider range of children’s apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches following additional illness reports and more product recalls linked to potential lead contamination.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted the public to seven reported cases of illness spanning at least five states, potentially associated with the consumption of the contaminated puree.

Recently, Schnucks Markets from St. Louis and Weis Markets from Sunbury, Pennsylvania, issued recalls for specific batches of their cinnamon applesauce products due to the risk of elevated lead levels. This follows an earlier recall by WanaBana, based in Coral Gables, Florida, which pulled all lots and expiration dates of its apple cinnamon fruit puree from shelves.

FDA officials have cautioned that consumption of these affected products may lead to “acute toxicity.” They have advised parents and other caretakers to refrain from purchasing or serving the recalled cinnamon applesauce products available at various retailers, including Amazon, Dollar Tree, and grocery stores like Schnucks and Eatwell Markets.

The FDA recommends that children and others who might have consumed the recalled puree undergo testing for lead poisoning.

The probe was initiated after North Carolina health authorities connected four cases of children with elevated lead levels in their blood to the WanaBana brand. Tests conducted on various batches revealed dangerously high lead content, which were subsequently corroborated by the FDA.

The FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network is spearheading the investigation, working alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local health departments.

Lead exposure poses a significant risk to individuals of all ages, but it can be particularly detrimental to children, impacting their brain, nervous system, growth, and development. The FDA emphasized the importance of testing children for lead as many may not exhibit immediate symptoms. Exposure to lead, even in the short term, can lead to a range of health issues such as headaches, stomach pain, vomiting, and anemia.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, heavy metals like lead may contaminate food through environmental sources like soil, air, water, or through certain industrial practices. They underscore that no level of lead exposure is considered safe for children.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lead-contaminated puree recall

What products are being recalled due to potential lead contamination?

The FDA has reported recalls of apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches for children, specifically from Schnucks Markets and Weis Markets, due to high levels of lead. WanaBana has also recalled all lots and expiration dates of its apple cinnamon fruit puree.

How many illness reports have been linked to the recalled fruit puree pouches?

There have been seven reports of illnesses across at least five states that may be connected to the lead-contaminated fruit puree pouches.

Where were the contaminated fruit puree products sold?

The products have been sold through multiple retailers including Amazon, Dollar Tree, and Schnucks and Eatwell Markets grocery stores.

What should consumers do if they have purchased the recalled products?

Consumers should not serve or consume the recalled cinnamon applesauce products and should seek testing for possible lead poisoning, especially in children who have consumed the products.

Who is leading the investigation into the lead-contaminated puree?

The investigation is being led by the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, in collaboration with the CDC and state and local health officials.

Why is lead exposure particularly harmful to children?

Lead exposure can cause severe damage to children’s health, affecting the brain and nervous system, and leading to slowed growth and development. Children may not show obvious symptoms initially, which is why testing for lead levels in the blood is crucial.

What are the potential health effects of short-term lead exposure?

Short-term exposure to lead can result in health issues such as headaches, stomach pain, vomiting, and anemia.

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Gregor91 November 6, 2023 - 1:04 pm

where’s the quality control? Parents buy these products trustin theyre safe, companies need to do better

Linda_Smith94 November 6, 2023 - 1:52 pm

I saw this on the news, it’s pretty scary. anyone knows how long it takes to get test results for lead poisoning?

Mike Johnson November 6, 2023 - 6:01 pm

just heard about this recall, can’t believe lead is still an issue in food these days! gotta get my nephew checked he eats these purees all the time

KarenWonders November 7, 2023 - 7:52 am

this is why I make my own baby food, never trusting these companies again with all these recalls happening

JohnDoe101 November 7, 2023 - 9:07 am

FDA needs to step up their game, how do these products even get on the shelf with high lead levels?


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