WanaBana fruit puree pouches have been found to contain high levels of lead, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The organization gave the warning towards parents and guardians on Monday to test children and toddlers for possible poisoning.
“Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test,” the FDA wrote.
This news came after four children in North Carolina tested positive for high lead poisoning due to WanaBana’s products. Following an extensive investigation the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services found WanaBana puree pouches as a “potential shared source of exposure” and containing “extremely high concentrations of lead.”
WanaBana’s fruit puree products were marketed mainly towards young children and toddlers. The fruit pouches were mainly sold online and in person through Sam’s Club, Amazon, Dollar Tree, and other stores.
WanaBana addressed the controversy in a press release, announcing a voluntary recall and stating that it would work to find the source of the lead poisoning with the authorities.
“WanaBana USA has initiated a voluntary recall of the affected batches and is working closely with the FDA to investigate the source of the contamination. The company is committed to ensuring the safety of its products and the well-being of its consumers,” wrote WanaBana.