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FDA investigates ongoing sale of recalled applesauce pouches

Millions of WanaBana cinnamon applesauce pouches have been recalled since late October, yet concerns are growing that these potentially contaminated products might still be on store shelves and in homes.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that these pouches, which have a shelf life of 14 months, may remain in kitchen cabinets, unbeknownst to parents.

The FDA is investigating reports that the recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches are still being sold at some Family Dollar-Dollar Tree combination locations, although specific stores have not been identified.

Despite efforts to communicate with Dollar Tree for a response, NBC News reported that the company has not yet replied to inquiries. This isn’t the first time since the recall that the FDA has found the product on Dollar Tree shelves. In November, Dollar Tree stated they were working to ensure the product was no longer sold and that their registers would block the sale of these recalled items.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received 205 reports of elevated blood lead levels in 33 states linked to these cinnamon applesauce pouches, with 67 confirmed cases.

The recall extends beyond the WanaBana brand to include Schnucks and Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches, also produced by WanaBana USA. WanaBana has pledged to reimburse healthcare costs and lead tests up to $150 for affected families.

Health experts advise parents to routinely screen young children for lead exposure and to consult a pediatrician immediately if they suspect their child has consumed a recalled product.