Baby Cereal Sold at Walmart Recalled for Arsenic Levels

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Maple Island Inc. On Friday, it recalled three batches of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby cereal due to the high levels of arsenic in the products.

A sample of the three, sold only at Walmart, was tested above guidelines for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, according to the company’s announcement regarding the recall from Maple Island posted on the FDA’s website. Heavy metal has been linked to poor growth in children.

“Research has shown that reducing exposure to toxic elements is important for minimizing any potential long-term effects on the developing brains of infants and children,” the recall read. “The Food and Drug Administration has recognized that such trace elements are widely found in the environment, including water, soil, and food.”

8 oz. Items recalled after April 5, 2021, and include:

  • Block 21083 with UPC code # 00681131082907 with best if used by June 24, 2022.
  • Block 21084 with UPC Code # 00681131082907 with best if used by June 25, 2022.
  • Lot 21242 with UPC code # 00681131082907 in best used condition by November 30, 2022.

The company said in a statement announcing the recall that the best if used by date and product numbers is in the lower left corner on the back of the Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal package.

No illnesses were reported related to the recalled products, according to Maple Island.

The company said that customers who purchased recalled baby cereal must either throw it away or return it to Walmart for a full refund.

Customers can call Maple Island Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time, at 1-800-369-1022.

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set a guideline for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, and in April announced plans to propose limits on arsenic, lead and mercury in baby foods, CBS News mentioned.

About four months ago, Beech-Nut Nutrition recalled some baby rice cereal that was being sold across the country after samples showed excessive levels of arsenic.CBS News She said. The baby food maker said at the time that it would stop selling the product due to concerns it was not complying with federal limits on arsenic levels.

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Consumer Reports offers more on heavy metals in baby foods.

Sources: Maple Island Inc. , press release, October 8, 2021; CBS News