State health officials told Patch eight children in Georgia have elevated blood lead levels due to recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches.

Eight children in Georgia have possibly developed elevated blood lead levels due to recalled WanaBana brand apple cinnamon fruit purée pouches. (Photo By FDA)

GEORGIA — Eight children statewide have possibly developed lead poisoning due to recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches, public health officials told Patch Wednesday.

The Georgia Department of Public Health first announced on Nov. 15 that it was investigating potential cases of high blood lead levels in children due to the recalled applesauce – a concern that has grown nationally.

Since, the DPH has identified eight possible cases of lead poisoning in Georgia but told Patch there have been no reported deaths.

The recalled products were:

  • WanaBana brand apple cinnamon fruit purée pouches (sold nationally)
  • Schnucks brand cinnamon applesauce pouches (sold in Midwest states)
  • Weis brand cinnamon applesauce pouches (sold in Mid-Atlantic states)

According to the DPH, WanaBana was sold nationwide at Dollar Tree, Amazon and multiple other online retailers.

The department urged people to not eat the recalled applesauce, and instead, check their cupboards and pantries for these products that may have been bought weeks or months ago as they have a long shelf life.

“The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a full refund,” public health officials said in a news release.

WanaBana issued a voluntary recall on Oct. 31 while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert on Nov. 3 regarding the affected product.

As of Nov. 22, 52 children nationwide had elevated blood lead levels due to the applesauce, the FDA said. The children were between the ages of 1- to 4-years-old.

The DPH told Patch ages of the children sickened in Georgia were not being released as of Wednesday.

The FDA said the recalled apple purees was “still on the shelves at several Dollar Tree stores in multiple states.”

“FDA is working with the firm to ensure an effective recall. This product should not be available for sale and consumers should not purchase or consume this product as it is potentially contaminated with lead, which can be harmful to health, particularly for children,” the FDA said in a past news release.

Those who had lead poisoning linked to the applesauce reported headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, change in activity levels and anemia, public health officials said.

“Parents and caregivers of children who may have consumed recalled products should contact the child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test for lead,” public health officials said in the release.

The DPH warned there is no safe amount of lead that can be in a child’s bloodstream.

“Even small amounts of lead can result in damage to the brain and nervous system, cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties and other medical issues – all of which may be permanent,” public health officials said in the release.