Few people might be aware of it, but arsenic can be found in lots of food items. It is usually in trace amounts and doesn’t pose a severe risk. The naturally occurring chemical element can cause severe illness or be fatal when ingested or breathed in at high levels.
And you never want to mess around with dangerous products that have been recalled, especially if it involves children. Unfortunately, that is the case with certain baby cereals.
Manufacturer Maple Island Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal. After testing through the FDA, it was found that three lots of the food contain above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.
Here’s the backstory
Walmart has already pulled the products, which were available nationwide in all Walmart stores and online. The specific products that are part of this recall were sold after April 5, 2021, and came in an 8-ounce bag.
According to the FDA, the recalled products are:
- Lot 21083 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUNE 24, 2022.
- Lot 21084 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUNE 25, 2022.
- Lot 21242 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of NOV. 30, 2022.
You’ll find the best if used by date and product numbers in the bottom left corner on the back of the cereal’s packaging.
What you should do next
You should immediately stop using the recalled baby food. The best thing to do is throw it away or return it to Walmart for a full refund.
You can also phone Maple Island Inc. for more information at 1-800-369-1022 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Or contact the company by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FDA explained that no illnesses related to the product lots have been reported. Maple Island conducted its own investigation, and while test results complied with the FDA’s guidelines, the company issued the recall “out of an abundance of caution.”
It’s always better to be safe than sorry — especially when dealing with the health of children.