Applesauce Contamination Recall Lawsuits

The product liability lawyers at Pond Lehocky Giordano are currently investigating injury claims on behalf of individuals who have bought and consumed applesauce or fruit puree pouches that have been contaminated with lead.

As of November 6th, 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration has identified three brands that show signs of lead contamination that have subsequently recalled their applesauce and apple puree products. According to CNN, multiple lots of Schnucks, Weis, and WanaBana fruit puree pouches have been found to have extremely high concentrations of lead.

Children are especially susceptible to lead toxicity, which can lead to vomiting, anemia, lethargy, fatigue, muscular weakness, and weight loss. Long-term exposure can result in damage to the brain and nervous system and even death. Most children will tend to have no obvious or immediate symptoms. If you or your child has consumed these products, the FDA recommends that you should seek a blood test from a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you or your child have experienced significant injuries due to lead toxicity caused by contaminated applesauce or apple puree products. Our expert team of product liability lawyers is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation possible for your pain, suffering, and medical bills. With over 250 years of combined courtroom experience and a track record of over 100,000 successful cases, the seasoned trial lawyers at Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP are more than qualified to represent you in court.

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our legal experts, call 1-800-568-7500 or fill out our contact form today.

Companies recall affected applesauce and apple puree products

On October 28th, 2023, the FDA announced a developing investigation being conducted by North Carolina authorities regarding four children who had been found to have elevated blood lead levels. Once the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services identified WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches as the most likely source of exposure for these cases, further investigations showed that multiple lots of the product had extremely high concentrations of lead.

A week later, the FDA announced that seven cases of adverse events had been identified across five states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, and North Carolina. In the same update, the FDA identified two additional products that exhibited high levels of lead contamination: Schnucks brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety packs and Weis brand cinnamon applesauce pouches.

WanaBana, Schnucks, and Weis have recalled all lot codes and expiration dates of their contaminated cinnamon-flavored applesauce products. Their products were sold by the following stores:

  • WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches are sold through the U.S. by multiple online retailers, including Amazon, Dollar Tree, and Sam’s Club.
  • Schnucks brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety packs are sold at Eatwell markets and Schnucks grocery stores.
  • Weis brand cinnamon applesauce pouches are sold at Weis grocery stores.

The FDA recommends discarding these products immediately and consulting you or your child’s healthcare provider if you suspect that you or your child have been exposed to lead after eating recalled applesauce products.

Symptoms of lead toxicity or poisoning from applesauce products

When someone is exposed to lead-containing products, especially if that exposure is a result of consuming the product, they often will not immediately exhibit signs of lead toxicity. However, when they do show symptoms, it likely means that they have had repeated exposure over a period of time, which can lead to serious health issues. Children under the age of 6 are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. Acute levels of lead toxicity can be fatal.

Symptoms of lead poisoning in children

  • Irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Seizures
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Hearing loss or speech issues
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Slowed growth and development

Symptoms of lead poisoning in adults

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Mood disorders
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth in pregnant women
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulties with memory or concentration
  • Abdominal pain
  • Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm

How can a product liability attorney help your applesauce recall lawsuit?

At Pond Lehocky Giordano, our team of experienced product liability lawyers can handle every step of your applesauce lead contamination lawsuit for you so you can focus on your family’s health and recovery. Throughout the legal process, our team will help by:

Documenting evidence

Your lawyer will investigate the circumstances of your case and gather evidence to support your claim. This may include grocery store receipts, medical records, testimony, medical bills, and any other documents pertinent to your case.

Filing a lawsuit

Your attorney will file a lawsuit on your behalf, seeking restitution for your damages. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, wrongful death, and other damages.

Negotiating a settlement

In some cases, product liability lawsuits like those that will be filed against these three food manufacturers may be settled out of court. In cases like this, the retailers that sold the contaminated applesauce products may be implicated, as well. Your lawyer will negotiate with the defendants and their legal teams to secure a fair settlement that meets your needs and helps you and your family face the future with confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Applesauce Recall Lawsuits

What should I do if I suspect exposure to lead from applesauce products?

In the FDA’s own words regarding their investigation: “These products have a long shelf life. Consumers should check their homes and discard these products. Most children have no obvious immediate symptoms of lead exposure. If there’s suspicion that a child may have been exposed to lead, parents should talk to their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have symptoms of lead toxicity after eating recalled fruit pouches.”

How long do I have to file an applesauce contamination lawsuit?

The statute of limitations for applesauce contamination lawsuits varies by state. It’s essential to consult with a product liability attorney as soon as possible to determine the specific time limits applicable to your case.

What documentation do I need for an applesauce lead recall lawsuit?

Plaintiffs will require an extensive evidentiary record to prove their claim. This includes but is not limited to medical records, bills, expert witness reports, and financial information. Pond Lehocky Giordano will help you gather this information and make the process as smooth as possible.

How much does an applesauce recall attorney cost?

Many attorneys offer free consultations to evaluate your case’s merits. Additionally, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you win your case.

Talk to a Lawyer About Your Applesauce Contamination Recall Lawsuit

If you or your child has experienced significant injuries due to lead poisoning from contaminated applesauce products, our product liability lawyers can help you decide on the right course of action and figure out if you are entitled to compensation from the product’s manufacturer, retailer, or other involved parties. We offer free consultations with our attorneys so that we can help you better understand your legal options and the strength of your case. For more information, call Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP at 1-800-568-7500 or fill out our contact form today.

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