Baby cereal sold at Walmart recalled because of excessive arsenic levels

Maple Island Inc. is recalling three lots of its Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal that it manufactures for Walmart because of inorganic arsenic that tested above FDA guidance.

This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the FDA which discovered the problem.

The products were distributed nationally through Walmart’s stores and online. 

Walmart has pulled the product from its store shelves and put a register block on the product at its stores and online to prevent any further sales.

Recalled products:

The specific Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz lots being recalled were sold after April 5, 2021, and include:

  • Lot 21083 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUN 24 2022.
  • Lot 21084 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUN 25 2022
  • Lot 21242 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of 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.

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses related to the product lots have been reported.

Customers who may have purchased any of the recalled products should discard the product or return it to Walmart for a full refund.

The FDA has recognized that trace elements such as these are widely present in the environment, including water, soil, and food. The FDA also noted that research has shown reducing exposure to toxic elements is important to minimize any potential long-term effects on the developing brains of infants and children.

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