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Recalled fruit puree pouches may contain ‘elevated levels of lead’

By: - November 2, 2023 12:27 pm

(Photo Credit: WanaBana)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says people who recently consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should seek a blood test from their primary care provider because the recalled product may contain “elevated levels of lead.” 

The FDA is working to remove the pouches from stores, it said in late October. Meanwhile, it is “advising parents and caregivers not to purchase or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to toddlers and young children.” 

“WanaBana USA has initiated a voluntary recall of the affected batches and is working closely with the FDA to investigate the source of the contamination,” the company said in a statement. “The company is committed to ensuring the safety of its products and the well-being of its consumers.” 

This comes after four illnesses led North Carolina to investigate the pouches, WanaBana said. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services then “analyzed multiple lots of WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree, detecting extremely high concentrations of lead,” the FDA said. 

Lead is toxic and exposure can result in brain damage, among other things, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to negatively affect a child’s intelligence, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement,” the CDC says. 

Symptoms of short term lead exposure may include, according to the FDA: 

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain/Colic
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia

And long term exposure symptoms can include: 

  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning
  • Occasional abdominal discomfort
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty concentrating/Muscular exhaustibility
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Weight loss

WanaBana says anyone who purchased Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches can return them to the place they bought them for a full refund. To ask the company questions about the recall, email [email protected].


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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, children's welfare, COVID-19 and more.