Update on the investigation of elevated lead & chromium in Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches (November 2023)

On February 29, 2024, the FDA reported that after additional analysis of the cinnamon collected from the manufacturer in Ecuador (Austrofoods), the FDA confirmed that the lead and chromium previously detected in the cinnamon are from lead chromate. Historically, lead chromate has been illegally added to certain spices, increasing their weight and color and increasing the adulterated spices' monetary value. FDA's leading hypothesis remains that this was likely an act of economically motivated adulteration. The FDA has limited authority over foreign ingredient suppliers who do not directly ship products to the US. This is because their food undergoes further manufacturing/processing before export. Thus, the FDA cannot directly act with Negasmart (the supplier of cinnamon to Austrofoods) or Carlos Aguilera (the processor of the cinnamon sticks). Ecuadorian officials in Agencia Nacional de Regulación, Control y Vigilancia Sanitaria (ARCSA) have reported that Carlos Aguilera of Ecuador is the likely source of contamination and is not currently in operation. A total complaint/adverse Event Report: 90. States with Complaint/Report: AL (1), AR (1), AZ (1), CA (1), CT (1), FL (1), GA (2), IA (1), IL (5), IN (1), KY (3), LA (4), MA (3), MD (7), MI (8), MO (3), NC (6), NE (2), NH (1), NJ (1), NM (1), NY (8), OH (3), OK (1), PA (2), SC (2), TN (3), TX (3), VA (2), WA (4), WI (2), WV (3), Unknown (3) @  https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/investigation-elevated-lead-chromium-levels-cinnamon-applesauce-pouches-november-2023?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


 Investigation of Elevated Lead & Chromium Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce
Investigation of Elevated Lead & Chromium Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce

Do not eat, sell, or serve multiple brands of recalled apple cinnamon fruit pouches. FDA’s investigation is ongoing.

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