FDA Warns Dollar Tree Over Lead Contamination in Fruit Puree Pouches

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FDA has issued a warning letter to Dollar Tree Inc. following an investigation into lead and chromium contamination in apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches. This action comes after elevated blood lead levels were found in children last fall.

The FDA criticized Dollar Tree for not adequately removing the recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches from its stores. The recall included several products:

  • WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches, including three packs
  • Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack
  • Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches

These products are no longer available for sale but have a long shelf life. Consumers should check their pantries and discard any recalled items.

Symptoms of Lead Toxicity

Lead toxicity can be serious, especially in children. Short-term symptoms include headaches, abdominal pain, vomiting, and anemia. Long-term exposure can cause irritability, lethargy, muscle aches, constipation, difficulty concentrating, and weight loss. Most children show no immediate symptoms, so parents should consult a healthcare provider if they suspect lead exposure.

Stores Affected

The contaminated WanaBana pouches were sold nationally at various retailers, including Amazon, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar/Dollar Tree combination stores, and other online outlets. Schnucks-brand pouches were sold at Schnucks and Eatwell Markets grocery stores, while Weis-brand pouches were available at Weis grocery stores.

Proper Disposal and Precautions

Consumers and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve the recalled products. To discard them safely, open the pouch, empty the contents into a trash can, and dispose of the packaging separately. Clean up any spills and wash hands thoroughly afterward.

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If you think you or your child may have symptoms of lead toxicity after consuming these products, contact a healthcare provider immediately.

FDA’s Next Steps

Dollar Tree must respond to the FDA within 15 days, detailing the steps it has taken to address the violations and prevent future occurrences. This action highlights the importance of strict compliance to ensure public safety.

In summary, the FDA’s warning to Dollar Tree emphasizes the need for rigorous oversight and swift action when dealing with potential health hazards. Consumers are urged to remain vigilant and properly dispose of any recalled products to protect their families.

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