Beech-Nut Diet introduced Tuesday that they’re issuing a voluntary recall for one lot of their Beech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Cereal and discontinuing the product going ahead.
The recall, which impacts cereals with the product codes of 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX and an expiration date of Could 1, 2022, was issued after a routine sampling program discovered that samples from the manufacturing lot of the cereal “examined above the steerage stage for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic” as set by the Meals and Drug Administration in August 2020. The rice flour used within the cereal itself has been examined and confirmed as being under the FDA steerage ranges.
To date, no diseases related to the recall have been reported. No different manufacturing dates or Beech-Nut merchandise have been affected by the recall.
The affected merchandise had been distributed nationally, in response to a recall discover, each in shops and on-line. Customers with an affected merchandise ought to discard the product and go to Beech-Nut Diet’s web site or name 1-866-272-9417, Monday by Friday 8:00 a.m. to eight:00 p.m. for details about an change or refund.
Beech-Nut said in a statement that they’ve determined to cease producing the cereal going ahead as a result of they’re involved about “the power to persistently receive rice flour well-below FDA steerage stage and Beech-Nut specs for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.”
“The protection of infants and youngsters is Beech-Nut’s high precedence,” mentioned Jason Jacobs, vice chairman of meals security and high quality, in a press release.
What parents should know:
Dr. Miranda Hillard, a pediatrician at Helen DeVos Youngsters’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, mentioned that with “long-term publicity” to an excessive amount of arsenic, pediatricians fear about “developmental considerations.”
“That mind is simply so quickly differentiating and rising,” she mentioned, evaluating arsenic to guide, which pediatricians repeatedly test for. Whereas pediatricians don’t test for arsenic in youngsters, she mentioned that an excessive amount of of the compound can “wreak havoc (on) the event of a younger little one.”
Hint parts of arsenic are broadly current within the atmosphere, together with in water, soil and meals. Nonetheless, publicity to elevated ranges of naturally occurring inorganic arsenic can pose a well being hazard, particularly to younger youngsters. Hillard mentioned due to the best way rice is grown, it could have higher levels of arsenic.
“I believe most individuals know that rice grows in rice paddies, and so arsenic is a naturally occurring compound from the soil, so the best way that rice is grown, it is extra readily going to soak up the arsenic as in comparison with different grain crops that exist,” Hillard mentioned, noting that this impacts each natural and non-organic merchandise. “… It is actually simply the best way that the rice crop is grown.”
Hillard mentioned that normally, she does not advocate rice cereals to oldsters of younger youngsters. Infants require 11 mg of iron per day, in response to Hillard, and toddlers require 7 milligrams per day.
“There’s only a great want for iron, and that is why pediatricians advocate these iron-fortified cereals,” she mentioned, highlighting merchandise like oatmeal, multigrain or quinoa cereals. “… I often advocate the oatmeal cereal to households simply because the fiber content material is wonderful … Typically, the rice cereal just isn’t actually, nutritionally, as large of a bang in your buck compared to among the different toddler cereals on the market.”
Nonetheless, mother and father should not excessively fear in regards to the potential of arsenic overexposure, Hillard mentioned.
“I believe it is superior that the FDA is placing limits on arsenic however I’d actually stress that I do not need mother and father to be scared,” she mentioned. “I often urge my households to decide on an oatmeal cereal, extra for the entire grains and the fiber and a few of these advantages with out the danger. It is simply necessary to guarantee that households aren’t terribly alarmed.”