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Why the FDA's Screening Cinnamon Imports for Lead

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating cinnamon apple puree and applesauce products amid reports of elevated blood lead levels in at least 34 individuals.

Residents in more than 20 states have reported illness after exposure to cinnamon apple products offered by three brands: WanaBana, Weis and Schnucks. The goods are manufactured in Ecuador and have since been recalled.

Recent screens by the FDA and other state partners found lead levels in at least one product nearly 200 times greater than those in FDA guidelines.

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