Montana Parents: Lead Found In Children’s Fruit Snack Pouches
Update: November 17, 2023 And 12/19/23
Plant in Ecuador now being searched, from The Associated Press. The company Negasmart is facing sanctions until the investigation is complete.
From Consumer Reports:
Update, Nov. 14, 2023: The Food and Drug Administration said there are now 22 illnesses potentially linked to the recalled WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée Pouches. No illnesses have yet been linked to the recalled products from Schnucks (recalled lot codes: 05023:19, 09023:22, and 09023:24) or Weis (lot code 05023:28), according to the FDA’s announcement.
If your child has consumed any of these products, please get them into the doctor for lead testing.
ANOTHER product recall in Montana to report
Before I get into the latest item being recalled, is it just me, or does America really need to get back to the days where the lives of consumers was more important than the profit made by a corporation? Oh wait, this is America where corporations count more than people, so let's get on with the next food recall.
From the FDA website:
WanaBana And Schnucks Fruit Puree Pouches Being Recalled
- WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches (sold nationally through multiple retailers like Dollar Tree and Amazon and other online stores) all lot codes and expiration dates
Under investigation for the same reason:
- Schnucks cinnamon flavored applesauce pouches(sold by Schnucks and Eatwell Markets)
- Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches (sold at Weis stores)
They're Being Recalled Due To Lead Toxicity
From the FDA:
Parents and caretakers should consult a healthcare provider if you suspect a child may have been exposed to lead. Short term exposure to lead could result in the following symptoms: headache; abdominal pain/colic; vomiting; anemia. Longer term exposure could result in the following additional symptoms: irritability; lethargy; fatigue; muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning; constipation; difficulty concentrating/muscular weakness; tremor; weight loss.
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.
If you have these in your home, the best bet is to toss them out. However, I'd also consider taking them back to the store you bought them from and getting a refund.
Too many times when food is being recalled the consumer is asked to just toss them instead of asking for a refund, which makes the manufacturer more accountable. Ask for a refund. Something has to make them start caring about the quality of their product.
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