HARRISBURG– The Pennsylvania Department of Health is alerting parents and caregivers of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall and recommendation not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated lead levels. This includes all lot codes and expiration dates. The FDA has secured a voluntary recall from the manufacturer.
The fruit puree pouches are primarily white and green in color with a purple cap.
“Lead can be very harmful if ingested, especially for a young child,” said Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen. “We want to get the message out to help protect and prevent potential harm to children. Puree pouches are a popular food option for our youngest residents. Parents and caregivers should check their child’s puree pouches and dispose of any of the recalled products.”
All families should have their children tested for lead exposure, per CDC recommendations. Early identification of elevated lead levels can prevent the most serious effects, so all children can reach their full potential.
The Department maintains a toll-free lead information hotline (1-800-440-LEAD) to provide information about lead poisoning prevention, testing, follow-up, and local resources.
More information about lead can also be found on the Department of Health’s website.
The pouches are sold nationally through multiple retailers, including Sam’s Club, Amazon, and Dollar Tree.
Parents and caregivers of children who may have consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s health care provider about getting a blood lead test.