Beech-Nut remembers toddler rice cereal because of arsenic issues

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Beech-Nut Nutrition is recalling some toddler rice cereal offered nationwide as a result of samples of the product confirmed extreme ranges of arsenic. The child meals maker additionally says it should cease promoting the product over worries it will not be capable of adjust to federal limits on ranges of arsenic and different poisonous substances which can be known as heavy metals.

The recall got here after testing discovered samples contained greater than the steerage stage for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic set by the Food and Drug Administration final 12 months. 

“Exposure to elevated levels of naturally occurring inorganic arsenic can pose a health hazard to young children,” the discover posted by the FDA said. The company in April introduced plans to suggest limits on arsenic, lead and mercury in child meals.

“We are issuing this voluntary recall because we learned through routine sampling by the State of Alaska that a limited quantity of Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice Cereal products had levels of naturally occurring inorganic arsenic above the FDA guidance level, even though the rice flour used to produce these products tested below the FDA guidance level for inorganic arsenic,” Jason Jacobs, Beech-Nut’s vp of meals security and high quality, mentioned in a press release.

A congressional report fin February discovered that child meals produced by a number of of the nation’s largest producers had been “tainted” with poisonous heavy metals. The report mentioned these merchandise have “significant levels” of gear together with lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. The metals could be particularly harmful to infants’ and toddlers’ mind growth. 

No diseases associated to the recalled merchandise have been reported, in line with Beech-Nut.

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Recalled product.

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Beech-Nut’s recall drew reward from client advocates. 

“We’ve known for years that toxic heavy metals are found in popular baby foods and can lead to serious health problems in children over time,” Brian Ronholm, director of meals coverage for Consumer Reports, mentioned Wednesday in a press release. “We need strict limits to keep dangerous heavy metals out of the food that so many parents serve their young children every day.” 

Consumer Reports has urged Congress to move the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021, which might require the FDA to undertake strict limits on heavy metals, together with lead and mercury, in all toddler meals. 

The Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice product being recalled has the UPC Code quantity 52200034705, an expiration date of May 1, 2022, and product codes 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX. (The expiration date and product numbers could be discovered on the backside of the Beech-Nut Single Rice Cereal canister, the corporate mentioned.)

Consumers ought to discard the recalled product or go to www.beechnut.com/ricecereal. They also can name (866) 272-9417, Monday by way of Friday from eight a.m. to eight p.m., for data on acquiring an alternate or refund.


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Beech-Nut additionally mentioned it’s exiting the marketplace for toddler rice cereal due to issues about its “ability to consistently obtain rice flour well-below the FDA guidance level and Beech-Nut specifications for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic,” the corporate mentioned.

The upstate New York producer has been making meals for infants and toddlers since 1931. Its different child and toddler meals merchandise embrace jars of pureed greens and fruits, meat broths, and canisters of oatmeal cereal.

Heavy metals can discover their means into vegatables and fruits from soil or water contaminated by sources together with pesticides and fertilizers. Exposure to heavy metals can hurt each adults and kids, however infants and toddlers are particularly susceptible given their smaller dimension and creating brains. Exposure over time can lead to neurodevelopmental disabilities together with autism in youngsters, specialists say.

The FDA intends to evaluate the most recent science, set most acceptable ranges and monitor compliance by child meals makers, the company mentioned in outlining a multiyear technique dubbed “Closer to Zero.” Regulators plan to draft an ordinary for max ranges of lead in child meals by April 2022 and for arsenic by April 2024, with a closing ruling on lead coming by April 2024 adopted by one for arsenic. The company mentioned it could additionally collect and evaluate information on cadmium and mercury.  

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