More children added to the toll of those impacted by excessive lead in applesauce | Food Safety News
State health officials send alert about contaminated applesauce; Lead exposure can be devastating in young children; The potential source of contamination is horrifying
The New Jersey Department of Health is sounding a new alarm over toxic applesauce sold for kids. Three million pouches of applesauce have been the target of a recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to contamination with lead. Sold at dollar stores and other retailers and online outlets under the WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis brand names, the products have been linked to multiple illnesses in kids nationwide.
Nestlé has recalled infant formula in several countries because of the potential presence of Cronobacter sakazakii.
The affected product is EXPERT PRO HA 1, which has different batch numbers depending on the country it was marketed. Infant formula from Germany was sent to Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Sweden, according to a notice on the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)……
No positive products or illnesses
If illness or discomfort after having the product is suspected, Nestlé recommends consulting a pediatrician and mentioning the recall. The action was taken because of the potential risk of Cronobacter in the recalled batch. Nestlé said that no Cronobacter sakazakii has been found in products distributed for sale, and no illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of the infant formula. “The recall is taken as a precautionary measure as part of our strict product quality and safety protocols. The health and safety of babies is our top priority. We estimate that only a few products are sold to consumers,” said a company statement.
Cronobacter sakazakii is a pathogenic bacteria that can cause illness, mainly in infants younger than two months old and those born premature, have weakened immune systems, or are of low birth weight. Cronobacter is naturally found in the environment and can survive in low-moisture, dry foods, such as powdered infant formula and milk, herbal teas, and starches.
Symptoms related to infection in infants may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths, or abnormal body movements.
“The FDA has provided an update on actions the agency has taken, and those underway, to strengthen the safety and resiliency of the supply of infant formula, including a progress report on recommendations in the FDA’s Evaluation of the Infant Formula Response and strategies to prevent Cronobacter illnesses associated with infant formula.”
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Adulterated just like in the 2008 melamine scandal. Now more than 200 children are affected by excessive levels of LEAD in ultra processed “applesauce”. Adulterados como en el escándalo de la melamina de 2008. Ahora más de 200 niños están afectados por niveles excesivos de PLOMO en la “compota de manzana” ultraprocesada. https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2023/12/more-than-200-children-affected-by-excessive-levels-of-lead-in-applesauce/