Update to Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches Recall

Official Message No.:111931-11-14-2023-PHUP
Contact Info: Morgan | Morgan.Patrick@doh.nj.gov
Siobhan | Siobhan.Pappas@doh.nj.gov
Attachments: Yes Attachment 1 Attachment 2

Current Update

As of November 7, 2023, there are 22 cases, in states including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, ages 1 to 3 years, with BLLs ranging from 4 to 29 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). Cases experienced signs and symptoms including headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, change in activity level, and anemia.

No safe level of lead in children’s blood has been identified. Children who have eaten the recalled products or have other suspected sources of lead exposure should be tested.

Recommendations for the Public (Parents, Caregivers, Guardians)

  1. Do not buy, eat, sell, or serve recalled cinnamon-containing applesauce pouch products because they may contain lead.
  2. Parents and caregivers of children who may have consumed recalled products should contact the child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test for lead.

Recommendations for Public Health Professionals

  1. Know that individuals with high BLLs may not be symptomatic. Case finding may be mainly from reporting by clinicians who recognize risks of exposure and perform screening.
  2. Consider conducting case-finding activities that leverage existing data sources such as medical encounter and hospital discharge data, electronic syndromic surveillance systems, your local poison center, and other applicable surveillance systems.

See attached articles for additional information and resources.

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