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Applesauce Recall Investigation Sparks New Warning

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns Dollar Tree after accusing discount retailer of failing to ‘adequately remove’ applesauce products that were recalled for metal contamination heavy.

The FDA announced the recall of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree packets in October after finding that the products “may contain elevated levels of lead.” Samples analyzed in North Carolina found “extremely high concentrations” of the heavy metal following four suspected cases of lead poisoning in children.

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Lead is highly toxic to humans, with children being particularly vulnerable. Chromium, which can also be toxic in high doses, was later found in samples of the recalled products. At least 90 complaints about recall-related adverse reactions were reported to the FDA earlier this year.

In an update to an investigation into the contamination that was shared Tuesday on the FDA’s website, the agency said it recently sent a warning letter to Dollar Tree, Inc., citing concerns that the company did not take the products “quickly”. from store shelves following the recall.

Dollar Tree Apple Sauce Recall Warning Investigated
A cup of applesauce is pictured in this undated file photo. The FDA announced the recall of some applesauce packets in the fall due to concerns that the products were contaminated with lead.

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“In the weeks and months following the manufacturer’s voluntary recall of apple-cinnamon fruit puree packets, public health officials in many states reported continuing to see apple-cinnamon fruit puree packets WanaBana recalled from Dollar Tree store shelves,” the FDA wrote in the update.

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“The Agency is concerned about Dollar Tree’s ability to quickly remove unsafe products from its store shelves when necessary and when necessary in the event of a threat to public health, such as a recall,” it added.

Dollar Tree was given 15 days to respond to the letter, dated June 11, demanding “to remedy any violations and prevent recurrence of violations” or to provide “supporting information explaining why the company believes that “She’s not breaking the law.”

In the letter, the FDA notes that its investigation found that “FDA and its state and local partners continued to find recalled products on Dollar Tree store shelves” in late December, well after the recall was implemented and despite several calls between the agency and the FDA. company to try to remove the bags from the shelves.

“On multiple occasions, following calls with the FDA, you have provided information regarding corrective actions and additional actions taken to effect this particular recall,” the FDA letter states.

“However, to date, you have not provided FDA with any information demonstrating that long-term, sustainable corrections have been implemented across your organization to prevent adulterated foods from being received in interstate commerce and then offered for sale in the future,” he continues. .

News week contacted Dollar Tree, Inc. for comment, via email Tuesday evening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is “no safe blood lead level” because even low levels of the metal can have a serious impact on children’s health. Most children have no obvious immediate symptoms, but may later show signs of brain damage or learning disabilities.

Short-term symptoms of lead poisoning include headaches, abdominal pain, colic, vomiting and anemia. Long-term exposure may cause irritability, lethargy, fatigue, muscle aches or tingling/burning, constipation, difficulty concentrating, tremors, and weight loss.

The FDA urged all consumers who may still be in possession of the affected applesauce packets (the recall was later expanded to certain Schnucks and Weis products) to immediately discard the products, while parents and guardians of children Those who may have been exposed should contact their health care providers.