Recently, manufacturer WanaBana agreed with the FDA to voluntarily recall all WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches because they have elevated lead levels. The warning asked parents and caregivers of children who consumed the pouches to contact their healthcare providers to get blood tests and advised parents not to buy WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches. If your child may have been harmed by these pouches, call the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group. Billions have been recovered in cases with which we’ve been involved. We represent injured consumers nationwide.
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The FDA became aware of an issue with the apple cinnamon fruit pouches after four children were discovered to have elevated blood lead levels. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services examined multiple lot codes of the pouches and found very high lead concentrations. The FDA looked over the state department’s analytical findings and determined they could cause acute toxicity. The agency told the manufacturer that the pouches were a potential source of lead exposure. For its part, the manufacturer agreed to a voluntary recall once the FDA’s investigation found that all lot codes and expiration dates were affected. The pouches are sold across the country and are made available at retailers including Dollar Tree, Amazon, and Sam’s Club.
The company told the public that it is dedicated to making sure its products are safe. It also told consumers to stop using the product. It’s important to retain the pouch, if you can, when your child has symptoms of lead exposure, in case it’s needed for a product liability lawsuit.
Lead exposure is not readily observed in children, partly because the symptoms are not immediate. However, the FDA has stated that short-term lead exposure can result in abdominal pains, headache, colic, anemia, and vomiting. Over the long term, parents should be alert to these signs of long-term exposure: fatigue, lethargy, irritability, abdominal discomfort, constipation, concentration difficulties, weight loss, tremor and headache.
The FDA said it will continue to work with officials to remove the contaminated products from the market. If your child has been harmed by the puree, you should call our experienced attorneys about whether you have a viable product liability claim against WanaBana.
In the event that our attorneys can prove the liability of a food manufacturer in causing your child’s injuries, we may be able to recover compensatory damages, both economic and noneconomic, on you and your child’s behalf. There is no lead antidote. However, those who have been significantly exposed, such that their blood lead levels exceed 45 µg/dL might need to be hospitalized. Doctors may prescribe chelation therapy to accelerate the removal of lead from the patient’s body, though there are limitations to the use of this therapy for children, particularly those with liver or kidney problems.
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Injuries to children are devastating for families. If your child consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches and you believe he or she was harmed, you should call the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group for a consultation to determine whether you have a viable claim. Our trusted law firm fights for injured consumers and patients around the United States. Complete our online form or call us at 312.462.1700.