Lead Information

Recall Notice


As of 10/28/23, the FDA is advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated levels of lead. Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.

The FDA was recently made aware of a developing investigation by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) regarding four children with elevated blood lead levels, indicating potential acute lead toxicity. The NCDHHS investigation identified WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches as a potential shared source of exposure. As part of their investigation, NCDHHS analyzed multiple lots of WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree, detecting extremely high concentrations of lead. The FDA has reviewed and supports NCDHHS’s analytical findings and found that analytical results at this level could result in acute toxicity. The FDA has shared the results with the firm whose representatives are cooperating with the FDA and have agreed to voluntarily recall all WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches regardless of expiration.

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Municipal Lead Law

 

The Gloucester County Health Department staff conduct childhood lead poisoning investigations alongside public health nurses to determine contributing factors to the lead poisoning in children ages 0-72 months within and around residential properties. If you are concerned about your child’s exposure to lead, contact your local pediatrician and have him or her tested.

As per: New Jersey Regulation NJAC 8:51: 

  • All children should be tested at both 12 and 24 months of age
  • Any child 25 to 72 months (less than 6 years) of age who has never previously been tested 
  • Any child up to 72 months of age who has been exposed to a known or suspected source of lead

Please see the links below for additional, valuable information. 

 The Health Department conducts lead inspections in response to elevated blood lead levels for children only. We copy the municipal Construction Official on our inspection findings for reference.

 New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) regulations require municipalities to monitor and conduct lead assessments/inspections for rental properties. 

 Provided are two links: 

 NJ Department of Community Affairs 

https://www.nj.gov/dca/

Frequently asked Questions about the law:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/resources/pdfs/All_Webinar_Questions_Fin.pdf

 DCA has provided an email for questions: leadlaw21pl182@dca.nj.gov  

Please address specific program concerns with NJDCA.

 New Jersey has taken steps to remove or reduce harmful lead exposures. Many of these measures rely on attention and action by administrators at the municipal level. Provided below is Fact Sheet to assist municipalities and residents.

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