Monday, October 30, 2023, 9:25 a.m
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued an advisory Consumers are being warned Saturday not to buy WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree sachets or feed them to young children due to possible elevated levels of lead.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches were identified as a potential common source of exposure following multiple cases of elevated blood lead levels in children in the western part of the state.
During an investigation, the NCDHHS analyzed several batches of the product and found extremely high levels of lead.
After a review, the FDA issued a voluntary recall of all WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches, regardless of batch code or expiration date, NCDHHS said.
WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches are sold nationwide and are available at several retailers including Sam’s Club, Amazon and Dollar Tree.
WanaBana has also agreed to voluntarily recall all apple cinnamon fruit puree sachets regardless of expiry date.
NCDHHS recommends the following to consumers with concerns:
If you have WanaBana brand apple cinnamon puree products at home, do not eat them or feed them to your children. Dispose of the products immediately.
Discuss the blood test with your doctor if you are concerned about your child. NCDHHS recommends that all children be tested for lead during their well-child visits at age 1 and again at age 2, when hand-to-mouth behavior is most severe.
Choose foods or condiments with detailed product labels that allow product traceability in the event of a recall or other signs of contamination.
Sign up for FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notifications for heavy metals.
To report a complaint or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction), you can:
If you would like to speak with a person directly about your problem, call an FDA consumer complaint coordinator.
Complete an electronic voluntary MedWatch form online.
Complete a voluntary paper MedWatch form that can be mailed to FDA.
For more information and resources about lead poisoning in children, visit Here.
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