WEDNESDAY, October 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Maple Island Inc. announced on Friday that it has recalled three lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal due to increased arsenic levels in its products.

A sample from the three lots, only sold at Walmart, was tested over the guidelines for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, according to a company notice on the Maple Island recall posted on the US Food and Drug Administration website. The heavy metal has been linked to developmental disorders in children.

“Research has shown that reducing exposure to toxic elements is important in minimizing possible long-term effects on the developing brains of infants and children,” the recall said. “The FDA has recognized that such trace elements are widespread in the environment, including water, soil, and food.”

The 8 ounces. The recalled lots were sold after April 5, 2021 and include:

  • Lot 21083 with UPC code # 00681131082907 with Best-ift use-by date of June 24, 2022.
  • Lot 21084 with UPC code # 00681131082907 with Best-ift use-by date of June 25, 2022.
  • Lot 21242 with UPC code # 00681131082907 with best ift use-by date November 30, 2022.

Best of all, when the date and product numbers are used, they are in the lower left corner on the back of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal packaging, the company said in a statement announcing the recall.

No diseases have been reported related to the recalled products, Maple Island said.

Customers who purchased the recalled baby granola should throw it away or return it to Walmart for a full refund, the company said.

Consumers can call Maple Island at 1-800-369-1022, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

Last year, the FDA set a benchmark for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic and announced plans in April to propose limits for arsenic, lead and mercury in baby food, CBS News reported.

About four months ago, Beech-Nut Nutrition recalled some infant rice cereals sold nationwide after samples found excessive levels of arsenic, CBS News said. The baby formula maker said at the time it would stop selling the product because it feared it could not meet federal arsenic limits.

More information

Consumer Reports did more about heavy metals in baby food.

SOURCES: Maple Island Inc., news release, Oct. 8, 2021; CBS news


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