Product Liability

Dangerous Lead Contamination in Apple Sauce Pouches Sold at Grocery Stores

March 4, 2024
Apple Sauce

Table Of Contents


Apple Sauce Contamination

The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm is accepting personal injury product liability lawsuits on behalf of children who have suffered lead poisoning. Most recently, it has been reported that lead-contaminated applesauce pouches were being sold at grocery stores.

A New York Times investigation revealed that cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches sold by WanaBana, Weis and Schnucks brands contained extremely high doses of lead, posing a serious risk to the health of American children. Austrofood is the manufacturer of all three brands. 

At least 400 cases of lead poisonings of infants and toddlers across the U.S. are known so far. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has recalled 3 million contaminated pouches and faced criticism for its oversights in the weeks leading up to the recall.

The Effects of Lead Poisoning 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) “Lead in paint, soil, air, water, food, cosmetics, medicines, toys, and consumer products is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified.

Exposure to lead can seriously harm a child’s health, including

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Hearing and speech problems”

FDA Investigation Finds Lead in Apple Sauce

An investigation by the FDA found that Austrofood failed to test its products for heavy metal contamination. The contamination occurred during the production process in Ecuador, where cinnamon from Sri Lanka was ground into a powder and likely tainted with lead chromate. 

The negligence of companies involved in the supply chain, including Austrofood and its supplier Negasmart, raises questions about their commitment to ensure the safety of the products they bring to market.

Let Our Experienced Attorneys Help you Get the Compensation You Deserve

If you or your loved ones have been impacted, you have the right to pursue legal action against the liable parties.

We believe in fighting for justice and ensuring that those who put profit over safety are held accountable. Reach out to The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm if you have questions or concerns regarding your legal rights for personal injury, resulting from lead poisoning due to this contaminated applesauce... and for that matter for any other circumstance where there has been negligence and there ought to be liability. 

Request a Free Consultation