Recall: High Levels of Arsenic in Baby Food Sold at NJ Walmart’s
New Jersey Walmarts have pulled some baby food off its shelves after high levels of arsenic were found in testing, according to federal health officials.
If you bought Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal at Walmart recently, make sure to throw it away.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that samples of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal were above the guidance for inorganic arsenic when conducting a routine test.
Maple Island Inc. voluntarily recalled three lots of its Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal, which it manufactures for Walmart, in New Jersy, and around the U.S., after a sample "tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic," according to the recall notice posted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
The product being recalled is any 8 oz. Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal sold after April 5, 2021 with a best-if-used-by date of Jun. 24, 2022; Jun. 25, 2022 and Nov. 30, 2022.
The best-if-used-by date and product numbers can be found in the bottom left corner on the back of the Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal packaging.
"FDA has recognized that trace elements such as these are widely present in the environment, including water, soil and food," the notice read. "The FDA also noted that research has shown reducing exposure to toxic elements is important to minimizing any potential long-term effects on the developing brains of infants and children."
No illnesses related to the product lots have been reported to date and no other production lots or Parent’s Choice products are affected by this recall.