WanaBana Fruit Puree Pouches Recall by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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On November 9, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches due to elevated lead levels found in certain units of the product.

Lead is toxic to humans of any age or health status. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure because their brains and bodies are still developing. In the short term, lead exposure can cause headache, fatigue, irritability, muscle aches, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Long-term exposure to even small amounts of lead can cause developmental delays, difficulty learning, behavioral problems, and lower IQ.

As of January 29, 2024, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) received reports of 98 confirmed cases, 269 probable cases, and 37 suspected cases for a total of 404 cases from 43 different states. The CDC website describes their case reporting methodology and findings in greater detail.

Timeline of the WanaBana Recall

The FDA was first made aware of the contaminated food pouches on October 28, 2023, as part of an investigation by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS). Four children had elevated blood lead levels, indicating potential lead poisoning. The NCDHHS investigation identified WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches as a common source of exposure.

The NCDHHS analyzed multiple lots of WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree and detected extremely high concentrations of lead. The FDA has reviewed and supports the NCDHHS findings that lead exposure at this level could result in acute toxicity.

On October 31, 2023, Wanabana LLC initiated a voluntary recall of all WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches, regardless of expiration date and lot code. Two additional brands of products are also subject to recall: certain Schnucks cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety packs, and certain Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches.

Consumers who purchased WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit purée can return it for a full refund. If you have questions, you can email the company at support@wanabanafruits.com.

What To Do After the WanaBana Fruit Purée Pouches Recall

If you or your children experience symptoms of lead poisoning after consumption of a recalled product, the CDC encourages you to contact your healthcare provider. Consumers should inform their healthcare provider that they may have been exposed to high levels of lead so the healthcare provider can monitor the situation and address any adverse health effects. You can read the CDC’s COCA Now announcement for information for additional guidance.

To report a complaint or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction), you can:

How The Robenalt Law Firm, Inc. Can Help Families Impacted by the WanaBana Recall

Consumers who purchase faulty products are entitled to protection under Ohio and federal law. But the legal issues presented in a claim for injuries caused by contaminated food are complicated. Multiple entities, including the manufacturer, distributor, and seller, could all be responsible for their role in causing your injuries. Our consumer protection lawyers can evaluate your situation and help you obtain financial compensation for the harm you and your family suffered. If you or someone you love suffered adverse health effects after consuming WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches, call (216) 223-7535 or contact The Robenalt Law Firm, Inc. today.

The Robenalt Law Firm is proud to provide aggressive legal representation to consumers who were harmed by defective products. Our lawyers will use our breadth of experience to help you navigate this difficult time and obtain the compensation you and your family deserve.

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