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Updated recall after 22 with elevated levels of lead “potentially linked” to fruit puree and applesauce pouches

WanaBana USA has initiated a voluntary recall of all batches of its WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée Pouches distributed nationwide after 22 reports of elevated levels of lead in the patients’ blood that were potentially linked to the products.

Officials with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have repeated a safety alert about some cinnamon applesauce pouch products that was first issued on October 28th after 4 children in North Carolina were diagnosed with reportedly elevated levels of lead in their blood. The updated patient count of 22 patients is as of November 13th.

Recalled products include the following.

  • WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches are sold nationally and are available through multiple retailers including Amazon, Dollar Tree, and other online outlets
  • Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack are sold at Schnucks and Eatwell Markets grocery stores
  • Weis brand cinnamon applesauce pouches are sold at Weis grocery stores

The affected product information is as follows.

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  • WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree in 3-pack pouches of 2.5 oz identified with the following lot numbers
    • 10022:21, 11022:08, 11022:09, 11022:10, 11022:12, 11022:14, 11022:15, 11022:16, 12022:23, 01023:03, 01023:17, 01023:23, 01023:27, 01023:30, 01023:31, 02023:07, 02023:18, 04023:23, 04023:24, 04023:25, 04023:26, 05023:08, 05023:09, 05023:10, 05023:11, 05023:15, 10022:31
  • Schnucks lots 05023:19, 09023:22, 09023:24
  • Weis Cinnamon Apple Sauce 90g lot number 05023:28

According to the FDA, most children will not show obvious immediate symptoms of lead exposure. If there is suspicion that a child may have been exposed to lead, their doctor can recommend a blood test.

Consumers are advised not to eat, sell or serve recalled WanaBana, Schnucks or Weis-brand apple cinnamon pouches and should discard them.

FDA is continuing to evaluate incoming reports of illnesses.

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