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Baby cereal sold at Walmart recalled for arsenic levels

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Maple Island Inc. announced on Friday that it had recalled three lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal due to high levels of arsenic in the products.

A sample of the three lots, which were sold only at Walmart, were tested above recommendations for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, according to a company announcement on the Maple Island recall that was posted on the United States Food and Drug Administration website. The heavy metal has been linked to impaired development in children.

“Research has shown that reducing exposure to toxic elements is important to minimize potential long-term effects on brain development in infants and children,” the recall says. “The FDA has recognized that trace minerals such as these are widely present in the environment, including water, soil, and food.”

The 8 oz. the recalled lots were sold after April 5, 2021 and include:

  • Lot 21083 with UPC code # 00681131082907 with an expiration date of June 24, 2022.
  • Lot 21084 with UPC code # 00681131082907 with an expiration date of June 25, 2022.
  • Lot 21242 with UPC code # 00681131082907 with an expiration date of NOV 30, 2022.

The best if used by the date and product numbers can be found in the lower left corner of the back of the package of Parents’ Choice Rice Baby Cereal, the company said in a statement announcing the recall.

No illnesses related to the recalled products have been reported, according to Maple Island.

Customers who purchased the recalled baby cereal should throw it away or return it to Walmart for a full refund, the company said.

Consumers can call Maple Island Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time, at 1-800-369-1022.

Last year, the FDA set a guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, and in April announced plans to propose limits for arsenic, lead, and mercury in foods for babies, CBS News reported.

About four months ago, Beech-Nut Nutrition recalled certain infant rice cereals sold nationwide after samples showed excessive levels of arsenic,CBS News noted. The baby food maker said at the time it would stop selling the product for fear it could not meet federal limits on arsenic levels.

More information

Consumer Reports has more on heavy metals in baby food.

SOURCES: Maple Island Inc., press release, October 8, 2021; CBS News