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Lead poisoning linked to applesauce pouches reported in more than 60 children, FDA says

Weis, WanaBana and Schnucks applesauce pouches.FDA

Dec. 6, 2023, 2:34 PM EST
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

The agency is continuing its investigation into the source of the lead, including visiting a manufacturing facility in Ecuador.

The number of children with lead poisoning potentially linked to tainted pouches of cinnamon apple puree and cinnamon applesauce has increased to 64, the Food and Drug Administration reported Wednesday. 

The 64 cases, up from 57 last Thursday, all involve children under the age of 6, according to the agency. All were reported to it from Oct. 17 through Dec. 1.

The FDA has homed in on the cinnamon as the most likely source of the lead in the three recalled products — WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree, Schnucks apple sauce pouches with cinnamon and Weis cinnamon apple sauce — although the investigation is ongoing.

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