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Elevated Lead Levels in Cinnamon prompt FDA Warning and Recalls

Bill Marler

Through product testing, the FDA has determined that the ground cinnamon products listed in the table below contain elevated levels of lead and that prolonged exposure to these products may be unsafe. The FDA is advising consumers to throw away and not to buy these ground cinnamon products. What is the problem?

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Lead Chromate contamination in Cinnamon was intentional says FDA

Bill Marler

The FDA has confirmed that lead chromate is the source of lead and chromium in cinnamon applesauce marketed for children and imported from Ecuador. Leaders at the FDA continue to believe the contamination was intentional. FDA’s leading hypothesis remains that this was likely an act of economically motivated adulteration.”

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FDA in reorganization mode

Bill Marler

The FDA’s proposed reorganization package includes new updates that not only shift how the agency’s food and field work is conducted, but also impacts a number of additional FDA offices outside of these programs. We are hopeful that implementation can begin in calendar year 2024.

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Acute Lead Toxicity in children prompts warning from FDA in WanaBana fruit pouches

Bill Marler

The FDA issued this warning this morning – Recall underway. The FDA has reviewed and supports NCDHHS’s analytical findings and found that analytical results at this level could result in acute toxicity. WanaBana has agreed to voluntarily recall all WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches regardless of expiration.

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FDA Active Outbreak Investigations – what do we know this Sunday Night?

Bill Marler

The FDA is busy trying to find the links to two E. Interestingly, neither the FDA, CDC nor any state health department is reporting on the Listeria outbreak that has sickened 11. However, the FDA published a recall notice for HMC nectarines, peaches and plums after the peaches seem to have been linked to the illnesses.

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Congress asks FDA why Lead and Chromium in Applesauce is sickening children in the US

Bill Marler

Eshoo (D-CA), and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Ranking Member Kathy Castor (D-FL) wrote to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf to request a briefing regarding the possible intentional contamination of applesauce pouches.

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FDA Head – Applesauce purposefully contaminated with lead

Bill Marler

The FDA says it’s conducting an inspection of that facility. But so far all of the signals we’re getting lead to an intentional act on the part of someone in the supply chain and we’re trying to sort of figure that out,” Jones said in an exclusive interview.

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