The Meals and Drug Administration is urging mother and father and caregivers to not feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to youngsters as a result of they might comprise excessive ranges of lead, which could be significantly dangerous to children.
The puree pouches — no matter their expiration date — at the moment are the topic of a voluntary recall by WanaBana, which had bought them on-line and in particular person by retailers akin to Sam’s Membership, Amazon and Greenback Tree.
“The corporate is dedicated to making sure the protection of its merchandise and the well-being of its shoppers,” WanaBana mentioned in a press launch.
Youngsters who’ve eaten the fruit pouches ought to get a blood take a look at by their healthcare supplier, the FDA prompt in a public well being alert.
The invention of excessive lead ranges within the pouches got here out of an investigation by the North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Providers and the North Carolina Division of Agriculture & Client Providers into elevated lead ranges in 4 youngsters residing within the state.
Investigators recognized the WanaBana puree pouches as a “potential shared supply of publicity.” The state then examined a number of plenty of the product and located that they contained “extraordinarily excessive concentrations of lead.”
WanaBana USA mentioned it was working to find out the supply of the lead contamination, and urged shoppers to cease utilizing the merchandise and return them to the unique place of buy for a full refund.
The corporate didn’t instantly reply to NPR’s request for remark.
Youngsters beneath age 6 are particularly weak to steer publicity, as a result of their our bodies are nonetheless creating, in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Lead publicity can sluggish improvement, harm the mind and nervous system and trigger well being and behavioral issues.
Although lead publicity could be exhausting to see, the FDA says signs from short-term publicity can embody complications, vomiting, stomach ache and anemia, whereas longer-term lead publicity might result in irritability, fatigue, muscle aches, problem concentrating and extra.