Beech-Nut Has Recalled A Baby Cereal Due To High Arsenic Levels
Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal. According to CNN, this recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the State of Alaska which found that samples from that production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic set by the FDA in August 2020.
Research has shown that even low levels of arsenic exposure can impact a baby's neurodevelopment. In addition to issuing the voluntary recall, Beech-Nut has also decided to exit the market for Beech-Nut branded Single Grain Rice Cereal.
Beech-Nut is concerned about the ability to consistently obtain rice flour well below the FDA guidance level and Beech-Nut specifications for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.
The only recalled product at this time is Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice item (UPC Code number 52200034705), which has an expiration date of 01MAY2022 and product codes 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX.
Consumers who may have purchased Beech-Nut Rice Cereal with those product codes should discard the product. They can also go to www.beechnut.com/ricecereal, or call 1-866-272-9417 for further information on obtaining an exchange or refund.
According to a statement on the company's website, no illnesses related to these product codes have been reported to date, and no other production dates or Beech-Nut products are affected by this recall.
Jason Jacobs, Beech-Nut's Vice President of Food Safety and Quality, said this in a statement:
The safety of infants and children is Beech-Nut's top priority. 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.
For more info, please check out CNN's website here.
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