BPHC Issues Public Health Advisory For WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Pouches

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has issued a public health advisory for a popular kid's snack.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised parents not to purchase WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches after testing found that they contained lead levels that could result in acute toxicity. This warning applies to all pouches in that specific flavor, regardless of the expiration date.

The manufacturer agreed to recall all apple cinnamon fruit pouches, but it will take time to get them off the shelves. The BPHC said not to purchase these products during the recall period and return them to stores for a refund.

The BPHC also recommended that children who have eaten this product get a blood lead test to check for lead exposure.

Lead can cause long-term health problems for children, including developmental delay, damage to hearing and speech, learning impairment and behavioral problems. Although children are particularly at risk, lead is dangerous for all ages.  

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