Beech-Nut Nutrition to Exit Single Grain Rice Cereal Baby Food, Recalls One Lot

By Josh Beckerman

Beech-Nut Nutrition plans to exit the marketplace for Beech-Nut branded Single Grain Rice Cereal, citing concern about persistently acquiring rice flour properly beneath “the FDA steering stage and Beech-Nut specs for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.”

Beech-Nut mentioned it voluntarily recalled one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal after routine sampling in Alaska discovered that samples from the lot “examined above the steering stage for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic set by the FDA in August 2020.” The rice flour used had been examined and confirmed as being beneath the FDA steering stage, the corporate mentioned. No sicknesses have been reported.

Switzerland-based Hero Group owns Beech-Nut.

A February report by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy mentioned child meals manufacturers together with Nestle SA-owned Gerber, Beech-Nut , Walmart Inc.’s retailer model and a number of other natural manufacturers had “dangerously excessive ranges” of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury. These heavy metals naturally happen in soil and water.

In response, Beech-Nut mentioned “we perceive the current Congressional Report and information tales have been unsettling to folks,” and emphasised its strict high quality and security requirements and testing. Gerber mentioned it takes many steps to scale back heavy metals, together with “deciding on rising places primarily based on soil composition, testing soil and water earlier than rising, planting and harvesting on the proper occasions of the 12 months.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Closer to Zero plan seeks to scale back publicity to poisonous components, and has mentioned that “our work, mixed with that of our stakeholders, has led to significant reductions.”

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