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Investigation of Elevated Lead Levels: Applesauce Pouches (November 2023) Investigation of Elevated Lead Levels: Applesauce Pouches (November 2023)

November 8, 2023

As reported in a safety alert issued by FDA on October 28, 2023, the FDA, along with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) are investigating reports of four children with elevated blood lead levels, indicating potential acute lead toxicity. The NCDHHS investigation identified WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches as a potential shared source of exposure. As part of their investigation, NCDHHS analyzed multiple lots of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree, detecting extremely high concentrations of lead.



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Food poisoning happens after eating or drinking contaminated foods or beverages. Contamination occurs at any time throughout the food preparation process, including growing, distribution processes, storage, cooking, and service. Often, foodborne illness is the result of cross-contamination, poor hygiene, or improper heating and cooling of prepared foods.

If you suspect food poisoning after consuming an item from a restaurant, grocery store, convenience store, market, or public gathering, call IDPH’s IowaSic hotline at 1-844-469-2742.

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