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State agencies warn against lead-contaminated applesauce pouches

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The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in collaboration with the State Health Department, is alerting consumers about an ongoing investigation by the FDA into several brands of apple sauce pouches found to contain dangerous levels of lead.

This warning follows reports of elevated blood lead levels in four children, potentially linked to these products. To date, seven adverse cases have been reported across five states, and New York authorities are investigating possible local cases.

The FDA has identified specific apple puree and applesauce products in the ongoing investigation. These include WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée Pouches, Schnucks Applesauce Pouches (cinnamon flavor and variety pack), and Weis Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches. These products, sold by retailers such as Sam’s Club, Amazon, and Dollar Tree, encompass all lot codes and expiration dates. Consumers are advised to discard these products immediately and seek medical advice if their children have consumed the recalled items or exhibit symptoms of lead toxicity.

State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald emphasized the hazards of lead, especially to children, noting that it can adversely affect growth, behavior, and learning. Symptoms of lead toxicity can range from headaches, abdominal pain, and vomiting to more severe signs like irritability, fatigue, and muscular weakness. McDonald urges parents to consult healthcare providers if they suspect their child has been exposed to lead, as the symptoms might not be immediately evident. The state departments are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to update the public as the investigation progresses.