FDA Detects Excessive Chromium in Cinnamon Applesauce Packaging

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During the ongoing investigation into the previously recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches found to contain elevated levels of lead, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has uncovered a heightened concentration of another trace element: chromium. 

These pouches, bearing the WanaBana, Schnucks, and Weiss brand names, were initially flagged in October 2023 as a potential source of lead toxicity. 

Subsequently, numerous additional cases of illness, all involving children under the age of 6, have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product.

In contrast to lead, which is consistently deemed unsafe for ingestion according to the CDC, chromium plays a vital role in bodily processes when consumed within safe levels. 

It aids in the absorption of various nutrients such as vitamin C and protein and enhances insulin’s activity in the body, among other functions. 

However, an excess amount of chromium in the system can pose hazards.

Signs of Chromium Overexposure

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During the ongoing investigation into the previously recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches found to contain elevated levels of lead, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has uncovered a heightened concentration of another trace element: chromium.

Symptoms of chromium toxicity may encompass nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and potential complications with the kidneys and liver; however, it is also plausible to exhibit no symptoms. 

The FDA advises individuals who have consumed the compromised applesauce to promptly seek guidance from their healthcare provider.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidelines for individuals who might have ingested lead or elevated levels of chromium. 

The guidance indicates that, in the context of chromium exposure, healthcare professionals may consider conducting metabolic testing and urinalysis. Regrettably, there is currently no available antidote. 

The continued presence of the affected applesauce pouches in stores, even after the initial recalls in October, has heightened the risk of exposure.

Ongoing Presence of Recalled Pouches Sparks Shelf Life Worries

Recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches were found on store shelves until December 2023, and their long shelf life may mean they are still in homes. 

Distributed through various outlets, including Dollar Tree, Schnucks, Weis, Amazon, and online retailers, the FDA advises individuals with these pouches to open and dispose of the applesauce to reduce the risk of accidental consumption by those unaware of the contamination.

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