January 8, 2023 — Applesauce pouches that were recalled due to high levels of lead also contained high levels of chromium, another toxic metal, according to the FDA Outbreak Investigation.
FDA investigators tested the cinnamon ingredient that was used at a facility in Ecuador to manufacture cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches for WanaBana®, Weis®, and Schnucks®.
The cinnamon tested positive for lead levels that were 2,000-times higher than the FDA’s proposed limit.
The FDA also found chromium, which is another heavy metal that can be toxic.
The lead-to-chromium ratio was consistent with lead chromate, which is sometimes added illegally to certain brightly-colored spices like turmeric or cinnamon to add color. The criminals make more money, but anyone who eats the spices can suffer heavy metal poisoning.
Lead chromate contains chromium VI, which is known to cause cancer.
The health risks of chromium are not well understood, according to the FDA. It may not always cause symptoms:
“Some people might not experience any symptoms. Symptoms for children are likely similar to those of adults. Acute ingestion of chromium exceeding dietary recommendations may result in abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, renal and hepatic dysfunction.”
The FDA is urging anyone who ate these recalled cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches to tell their doctor and get a blood test. Consumers should also inform their doctor that they need to be tested for exposure to chromium as well as lead poisoning.
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