Cinnamon applesauce pouches recalled after 22 children were hospitalized with lead poisoning

Cinnamon applesauce pouches recalled by FDA and CDC after 22 children were hospitalized with lead poisoning.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued an emergency recall for cinnamon applesauce pouches after 22 children were hospitalized with lead poisoning.

The recall includes the following products:

  • WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Sachet
  • Schnucks applesauce pouches with cinnamon flavor
  • White cinnamon applesauce pouches

These products were sold in the following stores:

  • Amazon
  • Money tree
  • Schnucks grocery stores
  • Eatwell Markets grocery stores
  • Weis grocery stores

The FDA advises consumers not to eat these products and to discard them immediately. Parents should also check their pantries and make sure they don’t have any of these recalled products.

The CDC has issued a Health Alert Network providing health advice to physicians and health authorities to learn about illnesses that may be linked to lead exposure from these products.

The first report of lead poisoning from these products was published on October 28th. Since then, 22 children aged one to three have been exposed to these products. The children had blood lead levels of four to 29 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dl). For typical children, zero to four (µg/dL) is considered very low and five to 14 (µg/dL) is considered high, requiring action. Levels of 15 to 44 (µg/dL) are very high and require immediate action.

These products were not only sold in the United States. The FDA has notified Cuba and the United Arab Emirates of the recall, and the following states are affected by the recall:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • new York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington

Consumers in these countries and states should not eat cinnamon applesauce pouches from the brands listed above and should discard them immediately.

Symptoms of lead poisoning

Symptoms of lead poisoning can vary from person to person. Short-term exposure can cause headaches, abdominal pain, vomiting and anemia. Long-term exposure can cause irritability, fatigue, muscle pain, constipation, muscle weakness, tremors and weight loss. Lead exposure can also lead to learning, behavioral and cognitive deficits.

If you think your child may have been exposed to lead

If you believe your child may have been exposed to lead, you should report the incident to the FDA and also do the following:

  1. Contact your doctor immediately. You may order a blood lead test to determine whether your child has been exposed to lead and, if so, how much lead he or she has been exposed to.
  2. Identify the source of lead exposure. This will help your doctor and other professionals develop a plan to reduce or eliminate your child’s exposure.
  3. Take steps to reduce your child’s exposure to lead. This may include removing lead paint from your home, replacing lead pipes, or using lead-free paint and dust control measures.
  4. Monitor lead levels in your child’s blood. Your doctor may recommend further blood lead testing to make sure your child’s lead levels are decreasing.

Here are some additional tips to reduce your child’s lead exposure:

  • Wash your child’s hands frequently, especially before eating.
  • Avoid eating food cooked in lead-glazed clay pots.
  • Avoid eating dirt and dust.
  • Keep your child’s toys and other items clean.
  • Have your home tested for lead-based paint if it was built before 1978.

Lead exposure can have serious effects on the central nervous system and children are particularly at risk.

Ongoing investigation

The FDA continues to investigate this outbreak and will provide updates as they become available.

Call to action

Consumers should not eat cinnamon applesauce pouches from the brands listed above. Parents should check their pantries and discard any of these recalled products. If you think your child may have been exposed to lead, contact your doctor immediately.

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Subhankar Mondal

Subhankar Mondal is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Subhankar Mondal joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: mondal@nytimas.com.

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