Update on High Blood Lead Levels in Children Consuming Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches and Potential Chromium Exposure

Official Message No.:111980-1-16-2024-PHUP
Contact Info: Morgan | Morgan.Patrick@doh.nj.gov
Siobhan | Siobhan.Pappas@doh.nj.gov
Attachments: Yes Attachment 1

Dear Healthcare Provider,

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified high levels of chromium, in addition to lead, in some cinnamon samples and apple cinnamon puree pouches from WanaBana, Schnucks, and Weis-brands (https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/investigation-elevated-lead-chromium-levels-cinnamon-applesauce-pouches-november-2023).

As per New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) 8:51A, NJ requires universal blood lead screening. Children must be screened at ages one and two years, or by age 6 if they did not receive a blood lead test by the age of 3. If a child in your care has been identified as having consumed any of the recalled cinnamon applesauce products, they should be screened regardless of age (0-17 years).

Please see the attached letter from the NJDOH Childhood Lead Program for recommendations for providers regarding patient care after consumption of the recalled products.

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