Camden County stores clear of recalled applesauce pouches

After Wanabana Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches were recalled last month due to lead contamination, the Camden County health department began ensuring that all area locations where the product is typically sold have cleared it from shelves.

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The recall was due to elevated lead levels in more than 50 children across the country. Since Nov. 9, the health department has investigated all Dollar Tree and combination Dollar Tree/Dollar General stores as well as Amazon Fulfillment Centers to eliminate both single and three-pack pouches.

“We sent environmental health specialists out to any and all locations that this product is sold to make sure that retailers are aware of the recall and have removed the pouches from shelves,” said Caryelle Lasher, director of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services.

“To date, all 19 Dollar Tree locations in Camden County have cooperated, and we have had no reports of the tainted products being available for purchase since the recall date.”

Lead is toxic to humans and can affect people of any age or health status.

“If you still have these products at home, throw them away immediately,” Lasher continued. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will update the public with any important information.”

Although symptoms of lead toxicity vary, short-term exposure can result in the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain/Colic
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia

Longer-erm exposure can produce:

  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning
  • Occasional abdominal discomfort
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty concentrating/muscular exhaustibility
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Weight loss

For more information, visit the county health department website.

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