FDA Is Warning Parents That These Fruit Pouches May Contain High Levels Of Lead

The FDA says the recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon puree pouches are still on the shelves at several Dollar Tree stores in multiples states.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in early November about WanaBana Fruit Pouches over concerns about high lead levels in the product. The company voluntarily recalled its WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches, which were sold nationally at multiple retailers and online, but the FDA has reported that the recalled products are still on store shelves.

WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches have been recalled, regardless of their expiration date, due to reports of elevated lead levels found in the product. “The FDA is advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated levels of lead. 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 said in its warning issued on Nov. 1.

Since the FDA’s initial warning, two additional brands of fruit pouches — select Schnucks cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety packs as well as certain Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches — have been recalled.

The discovery of these elevated lead levels came after an investigation by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, who were looking into four cases of elevated lead levels in children in the state. The state looked into WanaBana fruit puree pouches and identified “extremely high concentrations of lead” after testing.

On Nov. 22, the FDA issued another warning, advising parents that recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches are “still on the shelves at several Dollar Tree stores in multiples states.” The FDA said it’s “working with the firm to ensure an effective recall.”

“This product should not be available and consumers should not purchase this product,” the FDA added.

Dollar Tree told CNN in a statement that it had “instructed stores” to remove the recalled products. “In response to WanaBana’s Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouch voluntary recall announcement, Dollar Tree locked its registers to prevent sales and instructed stores to remove the product from the shelves,” Dollar Tree told the news outlet. “We are committed to the safety and integrity of the products we sell. If customers have this recalled product, they are advised to stop using it immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

Ingesting high levels of lead is especially dangerous to children under the age of 6, as it can seriously hinder mental and physical development during those all-important years. At very high levels, the Mayo Clinic notes that lead poisoning can be fatal for children.

WanaBana issued its own statement in the wake of the FDA’s intial advisory, noting that it had “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,” WanaBana said. “Four illnesses have been reported to date, leading North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to investigate and sample the pouches. North Carolina’s analyses came back with elevated concentrations of lead which could result in acute toxicity. WanaBana USA is working to investigate the source of the contamination.”

WanaBana is offering a full refund for affected products, which were sold in stores and online at retailers like Sam’s Club, Amazon, and Dollar Tree. Consumers can find the affected batch numbers here, and anyone who is concerned that their child or toddler might have already consumed the product is advised to contact their health care provider. Anyone who wants to contact the company with concerns or more information is directed to email them at

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