WanaBana Cinnamon Applesauce Fruit Pouches were recalled after at least 52 children in Texas and other states suffered lead poisoning from the cinnamon ingredient.
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Parents File 1st WanaBana Applesauce Lead Poisoning Lawsuit
The parents of a 1-year-old girl who was diagnosed with severe lead poisoning after being fed dozens of WanaBana Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches has filed a lawsuit against WanaBana USA.
According to the lawsuit, the little girl was found to have 20 mcg/dL of lead in her blood, when the normal amount is under 3.5 mcg/dL.
Her parents filed a class action lawsuit against WanaBana USA on October 31, 2023. They are seeking to represent other consumers who also purchased these applesauce pouches.
What Should I Do?
- Get a blood test: Children who ate the recalled WanaBana Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches may need to get a blood test. This is the only way to conclusively diagnose lead poisoning.
- Tell your child’s doctor: Parents or caregivers should tell their doctor that the child was exposed to lead, so that the child can be screened for symptoms and long-term complications.
- Get checkups: Children who are diagnosed with lead poisoning will need routine checkups due to permanent brain damage and developmental delays.
- Get help in school: Lead poisoning can cause under-performance in school due to brain damage and problems with attention, behavior, hearing, and speech delays, so the child may need an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
WanaBana Recalls Applesauce Pouches for “Extremely High” Lead Levels
In October 2023, WanaBana USA issued a nationwide recall for WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches after tests discovered “extremely high” lead levels in the cinnamon ingredient.
In November 2023, the FDA said that it tested a sample of WanaBana apple cinnamon puree. They found lead levels at 2.18 parts per million (ppm), which, for context, is more than 200 times greater than the action level the FDA has proposed for applesauce and fruit purees.
52 Children Got Lead Poisoning from Applesauce Pouches
At least 52 children in 25 states were diagnosed with lead poisoning after eating WanaBana Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches, including 3 children in Texas, according to health officials.
The recalled applesauce pouches were made in Ecuador and sold nationwide at Dollar Tree, Sam’s Club, Amazon, and other stores.
Recalled Applesauce Pouches May Still Be in Stores
The FDA is aware that recalled WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Puree is still on the shelves at several Dollar Tree stores in multiple states. This product should not be available and consumers should not purchase this product.
Where Did Kids Get Sick?
Lead poisoning illnesses were reported in 25 states between October 17, 2023 and November 20, 2023: AL (1), AR (1), CA (1), CT (1), FL (1), GA (2) IA (1), IL (2), KY (2), LA (4), MA (2), MD (3), MI (3), MO (1), NC (5), NE (1), NH (1). NM (1), NY (7), OH (2), SC (2), TN (1), TX (3) VA (1), WA (3)
What is the Risk?
Lead is an extremely toxic heavy metal. Children who are exposed to lead can suffer from permanent brain damage, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, hearing and speech problems, lower IQ, underperformance in school, and long-term harm.
“No safe blood lead level in children has been identified.Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to negatively affect a child’s intelligence, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Children
The signs and symptoms of lead toxicity vary, short term exposure to lead could result in the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain/Colic
Longer term exposure could result in additional symptoms:
- Muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning
- Occasional abdominal discomfort
- Difficulty concentrating/Muscular exhaustibility
- Weight loss
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