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

The FDA updated on December 18, 2023, that its onsite inspection of the Austrofoods facility in Ecuador has ended. However, the FDA investigation of the elevated lead levels in recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches continues. During the inspection, investigators collected cinnamon samples that Negasmart supplied to Austrofoods. These samples have undergone analysis, and results show extremely high levels of lead contamination, 5110 parts per million (ppm) and 2270 ppm (2.5 ppm should be the limit). The high level of lead was found only in ground cinnamon. The FDA has limited authority over foreign ingredient suppliers who do not directly ship products to the US. Currently, there are 65 Total Compliant/Adverse Events in States with Compliant/Report: AL (1), AR (1), CA (1), CT (1), FL (1), GA (2), IA (1), IL (3), KY (3), LA (4), MA (3), MD (6), MI (3), MO (1), NC (5), NE (2), NH (1), NM (1), NY (8), OH (3), PA (1), SC (2), TN (1), TX(3), VA(2), WA (3), WI (1), Unknown (1). @ 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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