FDA inspecting plant in Ecuador that made lead-tainted fruit pouches

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U.S. health officials have begun an inspection of a plant in Ecuador that makes cinnamon apple sauce sachets linked to dozens of cases of acute lead poisoning in American children.

U.S. health officials have begun an inspection of the plant in Ecuador that made cinnamon apple sauce sachets linked to dozens of cases of acute lead poisoning in American children.

The US Food and Drug Administration has stated that contaminated cinnamon is a possible source of lead. An FDA team is collecting samples from the AustroFoods plant that produced the now-recalled applesauce pouches sold widely at Dollar Tree and other stores across the US.

Health officials in Ecuador found that cinnamon from AustroFood’s supplier contained lead in quantities higher than the country’s allowance, the agency said. The company, NegaSmart, faces sanctions while officials there trace the source of the cinnamon, the FDA said Tuesday.

The FDA said at least 64 children in 27 states have reported illnesses potentially linked to the products that were recalled in late October. As of now, all the children are 6 years of age or younger.

The pouches were recalled after officials in North Carolina first reported cases of young children who had elevated blood lead levels after eating the pouches, which were found to contain very high levels of lead.

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