Food and Drug Administration is investigating products such as cinnamon apple puree and Applesauce after reports that blood lead levels were elevated in at least 35 individuals.
More than 20 states reported illnesses after consuming cinnamon apple products from three brands: WanaBana Weis and Schnucks. The products were manufactured in Ecuador, and they have been recalled.
Lead levels found in one product were nearly 200 times higher than FDA guidelines.
“FDA’s leading hypothesis is that cinnamon used in these recalled pouches is the likely source of contamination for these products; however, the FDA has not yet been able to collect and test samples of the cinnamon used in the recalled products,” an FDA press release from Nov. 16 said. “The FDA is continuing to work with Ecuadorian authorities to investigate the source of the cinnamon.” Authorities are also reviewing cinnamon from other countries to check for lead contamination as a precaution.
“WanaBana USA has initiated a voluntary recall of all batches and is working closely with the FDA to investigate the source of the…