Federal officials are warning consumers about potential lead contamination in a puree marketed for children. The announcement comes following a joint investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and North Carolina health officials.

The FDA has released a nationwide advisory warning consumers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to toddlers or young children. Officials say the fruit pouches may contain elevated levels of lead.

The advisory comes following an investigation conducted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and reviewed by the FDA.

According to a news release, several cases of elevated blood lead levels were detected in children in the western part of the state. An ensuing investigation by NCDHHS detected extremely high concentrations of lead in multiple lots of the product.

The WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree is sold through a number of national outlets including Sam’s Club, Dollar General, and Amazon. A voluntary recall has been instituted by the manufacturer.

NCDHHS is warning consumers to immediately dispose of the products and discuss blood lead testing with a medical provider if they have any concerns.

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