Update on the investigation of elevated lead levels in cinnamon applesauce pouches (November 2023)

The FDA provided additional context about the amount of lead in testing results from cinnamon used as an ingredient in the recalled applesauce pouches. The FDA tested samples of the cinnamon collected from the Austrofoods manufacturing facility in Ecuador and used in the recalled applesauce pouches. The highest result was 5,110 parts per million (ppm), more than 2,000 times the level of 2.5 ppm being considered for bark spices (including cinnamon) by the international standard-setting body. The testing results for the sample of recalled WanaBana cinnamon apple puree pouch collected from Dollar Tree had a lead concentration of 2.18 ppm, which, for context, is more than 200 times greater than the action level of 0.01 ppm. No further products are being added to the recall at this time. The FDA and state partners have tested at least 136 samples of non-cinnamon-containing products, and all have been negative for elevated lead levels. As of December 26, 2023, the FDA has received 82 confirmed complaints/reports of adverse events potentially linked to recalled products. To date, confirmed complainants, or people for whom a complaint or adverse event was submitted and met the FDA’s complainant definition, are between zero and 53 years of age. As of December 22, the CDC has received reports of 73 confirmed cases, 157 probable cases, and 21 suspected cases for 251 cases from 34 different states through their reporting structure. @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/investigation-elevated-lead-levels-cinnamon-applesauce-pouches-november-2023?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery



 Investigation of Elevated Lead Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches
Investigation of Elevated Lead Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches

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

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