Additional children's fruit pouches are being recalled due to reported illnesses connected to high levels of lead.

levels Additional children’s fruit pouches are being recalled due to reported illnesses connected to high levels of lead.

The investigation into pouches of apple cinnamon fruit puree marketed for children is being expanded by federal health officials due to reports of additional illnesses and product recalls potentially caused by lead contamination.

The FDA announced on Friday that they have received reports of seven people becoming ill in five states, potentially due to contaminated puree.

Schnucks Markets from St. Louis and Weis Markets from Sunbury, Pennsylvania have both recently issued recalls for specific cinnamon applesauce products due to potential high levels of lead. WanaBana, located in Coral Gables, Florida, had previously recalled all batches and expiration dates of its apple cinnamon fruit puree.

According to FDA officials, consuming the tainted items may cause “sudden, severe poisoning.” It is advised that parents and caregivers refrain from purchasing or giving out the cinnamon applesauce products, available at various retailers such as Amazon, Dollar Tree, Schnucks, and Eatwell Markets grocery stores.

The agency advised that individuals, particularly children, who have ingested the products should undergo testing for potential lead toxicity.

The inquiry started in North Carolina, as health authorities are examining cases of four children who have shown increased levels of lead in their blood due to the consumption of WanaBana. After analyzing various batches of the product, state health officials found exceedingly high levels of lead. This was confirmed by the FDA.

The FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network is currently spearheading the investigation in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health authorities.

Lead is poisonous to individuals of any age, but can have particularly damaging effects on children. Many children may not exhibit any noticeable symptoms, therefore it is crucial for those who have been exposed to undergo blood testing to determine their lead levels. The FDA stated that short-term exposure to lead can lead to symptoms such as headaches, stomach pain, vomiting, and anemia.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, food items can become contaminated with lead, a type of heavy metal, from various sources such as soil, air, water, and industrial procedures. Lead exposure can have severe consequences on children’s well-being, including impairments to the brain and nervous system, as well as hindered growth and development. The AAP also states that there is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.


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