Elevated Lead in Applesauce Pouches [Update]

Updated December 1 with imported cinnamon identified as the source and new case total WanaBana, Schnucks, and Weis brand cinnamon applesauce and apple cinnamon purée pouches have been recalled for high lead levels. Consumers who have purchased these products should not use them as lead is toxic to humans. At least 57 illnesses have been reported.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed these fruit purée pouches to contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.

Although recalls have been issued for these products, the FDA stated in a November 22 update that it is “aware that recalled WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Puree is still on the shelves at several Dollar Tree stores in multiple states. FDA is working with the firm to ensure an effective recall. This product should not be available for sale and consumers should not purchase or consume this product as it is potentially contaminated with lead, which can be harmful to health, particularly for children. Illnesses have been reported from the following states: AL (1), AR (1), CA (1), CT (1), FL (1), GA (2) IA (1), IL (2), KY (3), LA (4), MA (3), MD (4), MI (3), MO (1), NC (5), NE (1), NH (1), NM (1), NY (8), OH (2), PA (1), SC (2), TN (1), TX (3) VA (1), and WA (3).

On November 30, Wanabana USA and Austrofood released a statement saying that its leading hypothesis to date is that cinnamon is the source of the elevated lead levels in the recalled products. And that the cinnamon used to manufacture the recalled products was supplied by a third-party distribution company Negocios Asociados Mayoristas S.A., operating as Negasmart, in Ecuador.

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Recall for Cinnamon Applesauce and Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée Pouches

WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée Pouches Recall

  • Distributed nationwide through online and retail stores
  • WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree in 3-pack pouches of 2.5 oz
  • See the recall posted on the FDA website for specific batch numbers

Schnucks Applesauce Pouch Recall

Sold at Shnucks and Eatwell Markets

  • Schnucks Cinnamon Applesauce Pouch, 12 pk., UPC: 4131801152
  • Schnucks Cinnamon Applesauce Pouch, 4 pk., UPC: 4131801155
  • Schnucks Applesauce Pouch Variety, 20 pk., UPC: 4131801157

Weis Cinnamon Applesauce Pouch Recall

  • Specific lots of UPC 041497216123
Elevated Lead in Apple Sauce

Symptoms of Lead Exposure

Short-term Exposure to Lead

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain/colic
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia

Longer-term Exposure to Lead

  • Irritability
  • Lethargy/fatigue
  • Muscle aches, muscle prickling/burning, muscular weakness
  • Tremor
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight loss

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