From February 3, 2022 through February 6, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced several voluntary recalls of dried plum fruit and candy because lead levels exceeded allowable amounts. The products were either available at Mexican groceries or on-line (Amazon).
High levels of lead exposure can seriously harm children’s health and development, and the brain and nervous system. Pregnant women, and their fetuses and others with chronic health conditions, can also be harmed. Neurological effects from high levels of lead exposure, during early childhood, include learning disabilities, behavior difficulties, and lowered IQ. Because lead can accumulate in the body, even low-level chronic exposure can be hazardous over time.
Healthcare providers are reminded to:
raise awareness among parents about these products. Parents should dispose of these items or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
consider screening for exposure to these and other lead sources and testing as indicated or during well-child check-ups.
For additional resources and education on lead prevention and screening be sure to visit the Ohio AAP’s Lead-Free Ohio education page at https://ohioaap.org/leadfreeohio.