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WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Pouch Lead Poisoning Lawsuits

WanaBana Lawsuits Involving Child Lead Poisoning

WanaBana Fruit Pouches Lead Poisoning LawsuitsThe recent recall of WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches has raised significant concerns about consumer safety and potential legal ramifications. Riddle & Brantley is actively investigating claims that WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches are contaminated and may cause lead poisoning in children. Families with children potentially impacted may qualify for a WanaBana lead poisoning lawsuit and be entitled to compensation.

For a FREE, no-obligation case review with an experienced product liability lawyer at Riddle & Brantley, please call 1-800-525-7111. There are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.

These cases are personal to us — the first reported cases of lead poisoning potentially linked to these products were in our home state of North Carolina, and we’re committed to getting justice for victims across the country.

WanaBana Recall

WanaBana, a popular brand known for its healthy and natural fruit products, has voluntarily recalled a specific batch of its apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches. The recall was initiated after routine testing revealed the possibility of lead contamination in these products. Lead, a toxic metal, poses serious health risks, particularly to children, who are more vulnerable to its neurotoxic effects.

Prolonged exposure to lead can cause:

  • Developmental delays
  • Learning difficulties
  • Kidney damage
  • Nervous system damage
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death

DECEMBER 2023 UPDATE: The FDA is investigating the possibility that lead contamination in WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches may have been intentional and linked to a facility in Ecuador. At this time, it is unclear how these developing circumstances may impact potential claims and lawsuits. Please stay tuned to our website for more information as it becomes available.

What WanaBana Fruit Pouches Have Been Recalled?

The recalled WanaBana products include pouches with specific batch numbers and production dates. Consumers are urged to check their purchases and refrain from consuming any products that match the WanaBana recall criteria. The company has provided detailed instructions on their website for the return process and has assured full refunds.

Other Fruit Pouch Brands Under Recall

According to the recall, WanaBana also produces fruit puree sold under different brand names, which may also be contaminated. These products include Schnucks Apple Sauce pouches with cinnamon and Weis Cinnamon Apple Sauce.

According to WanaBana’s recall announcement, the following WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit pouch batch and unit numbers may be impacted by elevated lead levels and have been recalled:

A list of recalled WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches by batch and lot number.

IMPORTANT: If your child has been exposed to WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree 2.5 oz pouches, learn more about which specific batches have been recalled and contact support (at) wanabanafruits.com for more information on the recall and refunds.

One sample of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree contained 200 times more lead than proposed limits, according to the FDA.

Who May Be Affected?

NBC News reports that according to the FDA, as of late November 2023, there have been 52 reported cases in 25 states where children ages 1-4 had elevated lead levels after consuming WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit pouches.

Lead Poisoning Symptoms

Lead poisoning, especially in children, is a critical health issue with potentially severe and long-lasting effects. Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful impacts of lead, and exposure can occur through contaminated products, such as WanaBana fruit pouches.

Parents should be alert for the following symptoms in their children, which may indicate lead poisoning:

  • Developmental delays: Slower than normal progress in reaching milestones in speech, movement, or cognitive skills.
  • Learning difficulties: Problems with understanding new information or skills, trouble focusing, or decreased academic performance.
  • Irritability: Unusual crankiness or mood swings.
  • Loss of appetite: Decreased interest in eating, leading to weight loss.
  • Weight loss: Unintended reduction in body weight.
  • Sluggishness and fatigue: Excessive tiredness or lack of energy.
  • Abdominal pain: Persistent or recurrent stomachache.
  • Vomiting: Frequent throwing up, which may not be related to other known illnesses.
  • Constipation: Difficulty with bowel movements or irregular bowel habits.
  • Hearing loss: Sudden or gradual decrease in hearing ability.
  • Seizures: Episodes of abnormal electrical activity in the brain, leading to convulsions or loss of consciousness.

These symptoms can be subtle and sometimes mistaken for other illnesses. Therefore, it is crucial for parents to monitor their children closely, especially if there is a known risk of exposure to lead. Prompt medical attention is vital in cases of suspected lead poisoning to minimize the potential long-term health and developmental consequences.

“Should I Test My Child for Lead Poisoning?”

If your child has consumed WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree, the FDA recommends that you talk with your healthcare provider about testing for lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can have serious health implications, especially in children, and early detection is key to preventing long-term damage.

How to have your child tested for lead poisoning:

  • Consult a Pediatrician: The first step is to schedule an appointment with the child’s pediatrician. Discuss any potential exposure to the recalled product and any symptoms the child may be exhibiting.
  • Blood Lead Test: The pediatrician can order a blood lead test, which is the most effective way to determine if a child has lead poisoning. This test measures the amount of lead in the bloodstream.
  • Local Health Department: In some areas, the local health department offers lead testing. Parents can contact them for information and assistance.
  • Follow-Up Care: If a child tests positive for elevated lead levels, the healthcare provider will advise on the next steps, which may include further testing, dietary changes, and environmental assessments to identify and eliminate lead sources.

It’s important to act quickly if you suspect your child might have been exposed to lead. Early intervention can significantly reduce the risk of long-term health problems associated with lead poisoning.

WanaBana’s Response to Lead Poisoning Claims

The fruit pouch recall raises questions about potential liability and the legal responsibility of WanaBana. Under product liability law, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe for consumption. In this case, WanaBana may be held liable if it is proven that they negligently allowed the contaminated products to reach consumers.

WanaBana has not acknowledged any liability or wrongdoing, and said in a statement announcing the recall that “the company is committed to ensuring the safety of its products and the well-being of its consumers.”

Separately, NBC News reports that the FDA is facing increased pressure to regulate levels of lead in food products. However, proposed guidelines are not likely to be approved until at least 2025.

How Were the Fruit Pouches Contaminated with Lead?

In a recent update from the FDA dated December 1, 2023, reported by Consumer Reports, a significant development was revealed in the investigation into the lead contamination found in WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit pouches. The FDA has identified cinnamon as the likely source of the lead contamination in these products.

Lead Contamination Linked to Cinnamon

The FDA’s investigation further traced the contaminated cinnamon to its supplier, Negasmart, located in Ecuador. It’s important to note that Negasmart does not directly import cinnamon into the United States, suggesting that the contamination issue might be confined to the specific batch used in the WanaBana fruit pouches. Nevertheless, the FDA is taking proactive measures by continuing its investigation and extending its scrutiny to cinnamon shipments from multiple countries entering the U.S.

DECEMBER 2023 UPDATE: The FDA is investigating the possibility that lead contamination in WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches may have been intentional and linked to a facility in Ecuador. At this time, it is unclear how these developing circumstances may impact potential claims and lawsuits. Please stay tuned to our website for more information as it becomes available.

Potential WanaBana Lawsuits

Victims of lead poisoning from these pouches may have legal grounds to file a WanaBana lawsuit for damages. These damages can include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any long-term health care costs associated with lead poisoning. Furthermore, if the contamination is found to be a result of negligence in the manufacturing process, punitive damages may also be awarded.

Riddle & Brantley is actively investigating these claims. For a FREE case review, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

“Do I Qualify for a WanaBana Fruit Pouch Lawsuit?”

You may qualify for a fruit pouch lead poisoning lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your child was fed one of the following fruit pouch products:
    • WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Apple Sauce pouches
    • Schnucks Apple Sauce pouches
    • Weiss Cinnamon Apple Sauce pouches
  • Your child has been diagnosed with lead poisoning or you have reason to suspect lead poisoning
  • You will allow your child to be tested for lead poisoning
  • If your child has already been diagnosed with lead poisoning, you will provide a copy of the test results

Call for a FREE Case Review

If your child has been potentially affected by lead contamination in WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches, we strongly encourage you to reach out for a free case review. Our experienced legal team is dedicated to guiding you through this challenging time. We will thoroughly evaluate your case at no cost and advise you on your best available legal options. Please call 1-800-525-7111 to speak with our legal team today.

Should you choose to entrust us with your case, we will assist in filing a claim or lawsuit on your behalf. There are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation. Your child’s health and your peace of mind are what matters most, and we are here to ensure that justice is served and your rights are fully protected.

Why Riddle & Brantley for Your Fruit Pouch Lawsuit?

Since 1985, Riddle & Brantley has been fighting for victims of others’ negligence, securing over $725 million for our clients since 2000 alone (see disclaimer below). Our legal team is led by attorney Gene Riddle, and collectively we’ve been recognized with many prestigious awards and memberships, including:

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We believe Justice Counts™ and we’re ready to help however we can. Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free case review, and don’t wait — the longer you wait, the harder it may be to get the justice and compensation you deserve.

 


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