In November 2023, WanaBana, USA issued a recall for a variety of WanaBana, Weis, and Schnucks cinnamon applesauce and fruit puree pouches. The recall currently includes the following products:
- WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches – including three packs.
- Schnucks cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety packs.
- Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches.
If your child has been diagnosed with lead poisoning after consuming the above-listed products, talk to a Houston product liability lawyer to determine your rights. Lead poisoning can lead to life-long consequences. Lawsuits have already been filed against WanaBana and its distributors.
How Did Elevated Amount of Lead Contaminate WanaBana’s Products?
According to the FDA’s investigation into this matter, the source of the elevated levels of lead in the pouches and puree is the cinnamon that was used in these products. Officials have indicated that the contamination appears to have occurred at Carlos Aguilera–a processing facility in Ecuador. This company is outside of the FDA’s regulation which prevents them from being able to take any direct action against the company.
Reported Cases of Lead Poisoning
According to the latest numbers, the FDA has received 413 confirmed or suspected cases of lead poisoning that may be linked to consuming cinnamon-infused products. These reports span 43 states. Based on the national distribution of the fruit puree and cinnamon applesauce pouches, more are anticipated.
Where Were the Lead Contaminated Products Distributed and Sold?
WanaBana products are sold across the United States by Dollar Tree and Amazon as well as some other retailers, Weis brand pouches are sold in Weis grocery stores. Schnucks are sold at Schnucks and Eatwell Markets.
What are the Signs of Lead Poisoning?
Lead is toxic to humans. Children are particularly susceptible. Signs and symptoms to watch out for in your children who have been exposed in the short term include:
- Abdominal pain
People exposed to lead for longer periods may also experience the following symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle pain
- Weight loss
The FDA has urged parents with children who have consumed these products to report any signs or symptoms to the medical provider as soon as possible for proper evaluation and treatment and to stop consuming these products immediately.
*This blog is provided for informational and educational purposes and is not intended to be relied upon as medical or legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is created hereby.