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DHSS Reports Five Childhood Lead Poisoning Cases Linked to Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) five lead poisoning cases in children linked to an ongoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation that began on Nov. 2, 2023.

The nationwide effort to remove products from retail shelves is continuing. DHSS and local public health agencies are working to ensure these products are not available for sale in Missouri. Because these products have a long shelf life, parents and caregivers should ensure these products found in homes and facilities are discarded immediately. 

Lead is toxic to humans. Children under 6 and pregnant women are the highest risk groups for severe lead poisoning illness. Most children do not show obvious immediate symptoms. However, short-term exposure of high concentrations of lead could lead to symptoms such as headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and anemia. Long-term exposure of high levels could result in irritability, fatigue, muscle aches, constipation, brain fog, tremors, weight loss, behavioral issues and lowered IQ.

Immediate action items:

  • Look for and dispose of products in your home.
    • The recalled products have a long shelf life.
    • Discard by emptying the pouch into the trash can to prevent others from consuming it.
  • If you or your children have ever consumed these products, call your physician or local public health agency to discuss having blood lead levels tested.

Recalled cinnamon apple puree and applesauce products:

Information on lot codes and UPCs can be found in the firm’s recall announcement.

  • Recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches – including 3-packs.
    • WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches were sold nationally and are available through multiple retailers including Amazon, Dollar Tree and other online outlets.
  • Recalled Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack.
    • Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack were sold at Schnucks and Eatwell Markets grocery stores.
  • Recalled Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches.
    • Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches were sold at Weis grocery stores.

For more information about lead poisoning, visit health.mo.gov/lead.

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