Our Rice Cereal Arsenic Lawsuit Lawyers Report that Beech-Nut is recalling its Single Grain Rice Cereal Due to High Arsenic Levels
Beech-Nut Nutrition, a favorite brand of infant food products, has announced a voluntary recall of its rice cereal due to arsenic levels above federal guidelines. In Beech-Nut Nutrition’s recall notice published on the Food & Drug Administration website on June 8, 2021, Beech-Nut Nutrition also has announced the baby food maker would no longer sell the rice cereal. The company stated that it has “decided to exit the market for Beech-Nut branded Single Grain Rice Cereal.” Beech-Nut said that the company has concerns about its ability to consistently produce rice flour that is well below the FDA guidance level and its internal specifications for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.
Beech-Nut’s recall was issued a few months after a House Oversight subcommittee investigation discovered and reported on high levels of lead, arsenic, and other toxic metals in several popular baby foods and that these metals have been linked to harming the brain development of children as on YourLawyer.com.
Jason Jacobs, Beech-Nut Vice President of Food Safety and Quality, stated that the safety of children and infants is Beech-Nut’s top priority. Mr. Jacobs also added that Beech-Nut issued this recall after discovering the high level of arsenic during routine sampling by the state of Alaska.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized guidance for products like infant rice cereal. The FDA recommends that rice cereal contains no more arsenic levels above 100 parts per billion. Last February, the subcommittee’s report reported that Beech-Nut purchased and used a few ingredients that tested high at 913 parts per billion for arsenic.
The Baby Food Safety Act of 2021
The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Consumer Reports have been urging Congress to pass the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021. The act would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to adopt stricter limits on toxic substances.
Brian Ronholm, Consumer Reports’ Director of Food Policy, stated that their company has been aware of the toxic heavy metals issue in popular baby foods for several years. Toxic heavy metals can lead to severe health issues in babies and children over time. Mr. Ronholm stated that this recall emphasizes the need for strict limits to prevent hazardous heavy metals from being served to children.
According to Teresa Murray with U.S. PIRG Education Fund Consumer Watchdog, stated that baby food manufacturers are not required to test their infant food products or disclose the results of those tests to parents and regulators. Ms. Murray stated that the Baby Food Safety Act would address these concerns.
Beech-Nut’s Single Grain Rice Recall Notice
The recall notice for the Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice product has an expiration date of May 1, 2022. The product’s UPC code is 52200034705. The specific product codes for the recalled Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice are 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX. The product numbers and the expiration date is located at the bottom of the cereal’s canister.
The Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice products should be discarded or thrown away. To fill out a form and receive a refund or exchange, visit Beechnut.com/ricecereal for a replacement and information on how to receive a refund or exchange.
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