Out of an abundance of caution, Maple Island Inc., manufacturer of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal, issued a voluntary recall on the product on October 8th, 2021, according to a statement.
If you’ve bought Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal recently, which is exclusively sold at Walmart in stores or online, read on for all the details.
The Dangers of Arsenic in Foods
According to the, Arsenic can be found in water, air, and land as a naturally occurring chemical element. World Health Organization(WHO). Inorganic arsenic is highly toxic. According to the WHO, “Long-term exposure to inorganic arsenic, mainly through drinking-water and food, can lead to chronic arsenic poisoning.”
According to the FDA, “Research has shown that reducing exposure to toxic elements is important to minimize any potential long-term effects on the developing brains of infants and children.”
The FDA regularly checks for toxic elements in food. FDA takes appropriate measures to remove products that pose a risk to health from the market.
There are steps you can take in order to reduce your risk. exposure to arsenic. Learn how to test water, eat a varied diet and learn about the juice recommendations.
According to the CDC, symptoms of arsenic poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. WHO. Other symptoms include severe muscle cramps, tingling in the extremities, and death in serious cases. If your child experiences any one of these symptoms, get immediate medical attention.
Details about the Recall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found high levels of inorganic arsenic in three lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal which “tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.” Although no illnesses have been reported, Walmart has pulled the product from its shelves and has put a register block on the product to prevent additional sales. Maple Island Inc. quickly announced the recall.
The Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz. Lots were sold after the 25th of April 2021. The back of the package contains the best-used dates, lot numbers, and can be found here:
- Lot 21083, UPC Code #0068113108290707; best to use by JUN 24 2022.
- Lot 21084 with UPC Code #00681131082907 – best to use by JUN 25 2022
- Lot 21242 with UPC Code #00681131082907 – best if used before NOV 30 2022
No other Parent’s Choice products were affected by the recall.
If you’ve purchased the potentially affected product, you are advised to either discard of the product or return to Walmart for a full refund. For additional information, you can contact Maple Island Inc., Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm Central time at 1-800-369-1022 or contact the company by email at [email protected].