WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis Markets brand apple-cinnamon fruit pouches have all been voluntarily recalled for high levels of lead. Parents are bringing lawsuits against the food manufacturers for lead exposure. If your child ate the recalled apple cinnamon fruit puree or apple sauce and experienced side effects, you may be eligible to file a WanaBana lead poisoning lawsuit.
On October 30, 2023, WanaBana issued a voluntary recall of its apple cinnamon fruit purée 2.5 oz pouches. The recall was issued because of reports of high lead levels in the fruit pouches. Testing revealed lead levels 200 times the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) limit for food for babies and toddlers. The initial recall affected only certain lots of the apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches. However, just over a week later, the recall was expanded to include all lots of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée pouches.
The product is distributed under the Schnucks supermarket brand name as well. On November 9, 2023, WanaBana recalled several of these lots. The Schnucks recalled apple sauce is Schnucks Apple Sauce 90g pouches with cinnamon, lot codes 05023:19, 09023:22 and 09023:24.
Weis Supermarkets branded pouches were also included in the November 9, 2023, recall expansion. The recalled Weiss apple sauce is the Weis Cinnamon Apple Sauce 90g, lot number 05023:28.
Stores where recalled fruit pouches were sold
WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches
Amazon, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and other online outlets
Schnucks Apple Sauce 90g Pouches with Cinnamon
Schnucks and Eatwell Markets grocery stores
Weis Cinnamon Apple Sauce 90g
Weis Markets grocery stores
The FDA has said WanaBana is cooperating with recall efforts. However, some retailers have been slow to respond. As late as December 19, 2023, the FDA reported, recalled WanaBana products were still on the shelves at several Dollar Tree/Family Dollar combination stores across the country.
Reports of injuries caused by lead in WanaBana products
Four cases of elevated blood lead levels reported in North Carolina spurred the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to investigate.
The two departments sampled the WanaBana apple cinnamon pouches and found elevated levels of lead. This finding led to the company’s voluntary fruit pouch recall.
As of December 20, 2023, the FDA had received more than 200 reports of adverse health events related to these recalled products. The children involved in these complaints are younger than five years old. The issue spans the country, with reports of related health issues in at least 33 states.
Impact of lead exposure and poisoning
Lead exposure can have short and long-term effects on human health. Lead poisoning can be particularly dangerous for young children. The FDA has warned consumers of WanaBana products to be aware of the following short-term lead exposure side effects:
- Abdominal pain
The FDA has also said that longer-term lead exposure could lead to the following symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating/muscular exhaustibility
- Muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning
- Occasional abdominal discomfort
- Weight loss
Parents and caregivers should monitor lead poisoning symptoms in children if they have consumed the WanaBana, Schnucks or Weis Markets apple cinnamon products. Even if your child is not exhibiting symptoms, the FDA has recommended talking to your child’s doctor about a blood test.
WanaBana fruit pouch lawsuit
Parents of children affected by the elevated lead levels in WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis Markets fruit pouches have filed lead poisoning lawsuits.
Legal action around the lead contamination in WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis Markets products is still evolving.
Parents who believe their child was harmed by consuming a WanaBana, Schnucks or Weis Markets product may wish to learn more. Our attorneys have experience helping parents bring claims against companies they believe harmed their children.
Contact an attorney to learn more about fruit pouch lawsuits and eligibility.
Contact a lawyer about claims for fruit pouch lead poisoning
You may have a claim if your child was exposed to high levels of lead in recalled WanaBana, Schnucks or Weis fruit pouches. Contact product attorney Carmen Scott by email or call 1.800.768.4026 for more information about a potential WanaBana lawsuit.
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