More brands of fruit pouches recalled for possibly leading to lead poisoning

Two more fruit puree products sold in pouches have been recalled after this past week’s WanaBana recall and more cases of possible lead poisoning have been reported to the FDA since the agency’s warning.

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Here’s what you need to know.

What fruit puree pouches have been recalled? What do you do now?

The Schnucks supermarket chain recalled Schnucks Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches sold in 12-packs and 4-packs as well as the Applesauce Pouch Variety 20-packs.

And, Schnucks, unlike WanaBana, named names in its recall announcement.

“The supplier, Purcell International, has notified the company of elevated levels of lead found in the cinnamon raw material used by Austrofood SAS, the manufacturer of the applesauce cinnamon pouches,” the chain said on its website.

Schnucks Cinnamon-Flavored Applesauce
Schnucks Cinnamon-Flavored Applesauce

Stores in DeKalb, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; and Janesville, Wisconsin aren’t involved in this recall.

Recalled pouches can be returned to the Schnucks or Eatwell Market store at which they were bought for a full refund. If you have questions about the Schnucks’ recall, phone 314-994-4400 or 800-264-4400.

The Weis supermarket chain is recalling Weis Cinnamon Applesauce, UPC code No. 041497216123. The announcement on the FDA website said not all lots were included, but didn’t name which lots are included. The Weis website hadn’t announced the recall yet as of Sunday morning.

Weis customer service can be reached at 866-999-9347.

The recalled Weis Cinnamon Applesauce
The recalled Weis Cinnamon Applesauce

If find symptoms of lead poisoning (see below) in either you or a child in your care, see a medical professional for a blood test. If there’s an issue, report it to the FDA via the MedWatch program, accessible online or by calling 800-332-1088.

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Why are the cinnamon applesauce pouches getting recalled?

North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services reached out to the FDA after finding four kids with possible lead toxicity. After an investigation determined WanaBana Apple Cinnamon fruit puree might be the problem, testing found “extremely high concentrations of lead.”

The FDA put out an alert early Monday to avoid WanaBana and WanaBana issued a recall later Monday.

Since then, “The FDA has received additional reports of illnesses and is working to evaluate those complaints,” the Friday update said. “The FDA’s investigation is ongoing to determine the source of lead contamination and whether additional products are linked to illnesses.”

Thus, the recalls of Schnucks and Weis cinnamon applesauce.

What’s the danger of lead poisoning?

Though lead toxicity can infect anyone, the children are more susceptible than adults and lead poisoning can lead to developmental problems.

Symptoms include vomiting, stomachaches and headaches in the short-term. In the long term, fatigue, constipation, muscle aches, weight loss, tremors, muscle weakness and concentration problems.

The fruit purees recalled for possible lead toxicity.
The fruit purees recalled for possible lead toxicity.