The lead level detected in the FDA sample of WanaBana apple cinnamon puree is 2.18 parts per million (ppm), which, for context, is more than 200 times greater than the action level the FDA has proposed in draft guidance for fruit purees and similar products intended for babies and young children. 

Key Facts:

  • Total Adverse

There are now almost two dozen children with reported adverse effects linked to applesauce pouches that have high levels of lead.

The 22 children impacted live across 14 states with the state of residence for one of them being unknown. 

There are recalls for four products related to the illnesses:

  • Realled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree

The FDA issued this warning this morning – Recall underway.

Summary of Problem and Scope

The FDA was recently made aware of a developing investigation by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) regarding four children with elevated blood lead levels

Hello FDA?

Patient A: “… in May and June 2022 contain- ing tara flour, a natural ingredient that has been linked to liver enzyme elevation [4,5]. In May, she began to feel unwell after consuming a whole smoothie and was found to have elevated liver enzymes two days later. In June, she had consumed another

This just landed in my inbox.

September 28, 2023

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising businesses to avoid selling and purchasing tara protein powder (tara flour), or products containing this ingredient.

Tara protein powder, also known as tara flour, could be classified as a novel food (or novel food ingredient), but has not

And, why does the FDA consider Salmonella an adulterant in all foods and the USDA/FSIS does not?

According to the FDA, “[p]athogenic bacteria (e.g., Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes) are considered adulterants in both human and animal food. Although many animals consuming this food may not become sick themselves, they can become carriers and expose their human family