RALEIGH, N.C. — The US Food and Drug Administration released a press release warning of elevated lead levels in certain fruit pouches.
Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who have recently purchased WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should not feed them to children.
WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches, all lot codes and expiration dates.
WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches are sold nationally and are available through multiple retailers including Sam’s Club, Amazon and Dollar Tree.
WanaBana has agreed to voluntarily recall all WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches regardless of expiration.
The FDA is advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated levels of lead. Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.
Signs and symptoms of lead toxicity
Lead is toxic to humans and can affect people of any age or health status. Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Lead exposure in children is often difficult to see. Most children have no obvious immediate symptoms. If there’s suspicion that a child may have been exposed to lead, parents should talk to their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test. Although lead can only be diagnosed through clinical testing, signs and symptoms of lead toxicity vary based on exposure.
Short term exposure to lead could result in the following symptoms: headache, abdominal pain/colic, vomiting and/or anemia. Longer term exposure could result in additional symptoms, such as: irritability, lethargy, fatigue, muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning, abdominal discomfort, constipation, difficulty concentrating, muscular exhaustibility, headache, tremors and/or weight loss.
Summary and action
The FDA was recently made aware of a developing investigation by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services regarding four children with elevated blood lead levels, indicating potential acute lead toxicity.
The investigation identified WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches as a potential shared source of exposure. As part of their investigation, scientists analyzed multiple lots of WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree, detecting extremely high concentrations of lead. The FDA has reviewed and supports the analytical findings and found that analytical results at this level could result in acute toxicity.
The FDA has shared the results with the firm whose representatives are cooperating with the FDA and have agreed to voluntarily recall all WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches regardless of expiration. The FDA is issuing this public health alert advising parents and caregivers not to purchase or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to toddlers and young children because they may contain elevated levels of lead.
The FDA is continuing to work with state officials and the firm, collecting additional information, and taking steps to remove all contaminated products from the market.
Consumers who have symptoms should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care. To report a complaint or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction), you can visit www.fda.gov/fcic for additional consumer and industry assistance.
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