FDA Finds Metal Contamination, Lack of Testing in Lead-Tainted Applesauce Recall

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation has revealed that cinnamon applesauce pouches linked to lead poisoning in hundreds of children were not tested for heavy metals at the manufacturing plant. According to USA Today, the investigation found several issues contributing to the contamination.

The investigation revealed several concerning issues at the manufacturing plant including:

  • Metal contamination: The inspection identified “numerous rough edges, chipped, and pitted areas” on a stainless-steel conveyor belt, leading to metal pieces breaking off and contaminating the apple sauce.
  • Contaminated ingredient: The raw cinnamon used by the plant contained lead. However, the FDA emphasizes no other illnesses or issues have been reported with other cinnamon-containing products.
  • Lack of testing: The factory failed to test either the raw ingredients or the finished product for heavy metals.
  • Additional sanitary concerns: The FDA inspection uncovered other concerning sanitation issues at the plant.

Recalled Product

  • WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches
  • Certain Schnucks cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack
  • Certain Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches

Details Surrounding the Recall

  • As of January 19th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 385 cases of lead poisoning across 42 states linked to the recalled pouches.
  • The CDC advises against consuming any recalled apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches. Individuals who may have been exposed should seek blood testing for lead.
  • Children with blood lead levels exceeding 3.5 micrograms per deciliter are considered to have elevated levels. Lead levels in affected children ranged from 4 to 29 micrograms per deciliter.
  • The FDA urges parents to consult a healthcare provider if they believe their child was exposed to lead.

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