The FDA said WanaBana USA is voluntarily recalling its WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches due to reports there are elevated levels of lead in certain units of the product. Lead is toxic to humans and can lead to detrimental health impacts for people depending on their age and/or health status.
As this product was marketed for children, the FDA said it is important to make sure they are not exposed to lead as it can impact their health in the long term. Lead exposure can be difficult to see in children, with some displaying no obvious symptoms immediately.
Parents of children who consumed these products are encouraged to reach out to their healthcare provider regarding a blood test, as lead poisoning can only be identified through testing, according to the FDA. Some symptoms to be on the lookout for include:
- Abdominal pain/Colic
Those who have been exposed to lead over a longer period of time may also have the following symptoms:
- Muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning
- Occasional abdominal discomfort
- Difficulty concentrating/Muscular exhaustibility
- Weight loss
WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches were sent to stores nationwide in retail locations and online sales sites. The pouches were sold in three-pack containers of 2.5 ounces. A full list of the batches and units impacted by this recall can be found here.
The FDA reports four people have fallen ill due to possible exposure to the recalled products, with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services launching an investigation into the fruit pouches. The source of the lead contamination has yet to be found.
If you purchased the recalled products, you are urged by the FDA to stop using them immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. If you are a parent or caregiver of a toddler or young child who may have been exposed to this product or lead, you should reach out to your healthcare provider regarding symptoms and care. If you have any questions, reach out to WanaBana at firstname.lastname@example.org.