More children reportedly injured by recalled applesauce pouches

North Carolina Attorney General's Office

The popular snack, recalled months ago, contains dangerous levels of lead

At the end of October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an urgent health advisory, leading to the recall of  WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches. The FDA warned some of the products were tainted with lead.

Lead exposure is highly toxic for humans, especially children. Unfortunately, not all parents got the message or acted on it. Within two weeks there were 22 reports of children around the U.S. injured by the tainted products. 

The children, who were between the ages of one and three, were diagnosed with high blood lead levels after eating WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches. The recalled products included Schnucks Cinnamon-Flavored Applesauce pouches and variety pack and certain Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches. 

400 reported injuries

Now, the situation has gotten worse – much worse. In a consumer alert, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein warns parents to check their pantries for the recalled applesauce, reporting that nearly 400 childhood lead poisoning cases were recently linked to recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches that were sold in stores without first being tested for toxic metals.

Stein and 19 other state attorneys general are calling on the FDA to protect babies and young children from lead and other toxic metals in baby food. They are asking the FDA to require the baby food industry to test all finished food products for lead and other toxic metals.

“It’s unsettling that companies aren’t already testing baby food for toxic metals and lead,” Stein said. “The FDA needs to act now to protect our kids from dangerous products.”

Hundreds of WanaBana, Schnucks, and Weis brand cinnamon applesauce pouches have been recalled. Stein urges parents who still have the products in their pantries to dispose of them by carefully opening each pouch and emptying the contents into the garbage. 

What to do

The FDA says parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed the product should contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.

Consumers with questions may contact the firm by email at sales@wanabanafruits.com.

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