Beech-Nut Nutrition unveiled a voluntary recall of a single grain rice cereal over high inorganic arsenic levels and announced that it will no longer produce the product. The company said the recall comes after a routine sampling of beech-nut stage 1, single grain rice cereal was conducted in Alaska.
The recalled items have a UPC code 52200034705 and expiration May 01, 2022 with the product codes: 103470 XXX and 093470 XXX. The products were distributed nationally to retail stores and were available for purchase online.
No other products are reported to have been affected by the current recall, and no illnesses related to call backs have been impacted. Consumers who may have purchased the product are advised to discard it and contact the company for instructions pertaining to exchanges or refunds.
Concerning the decision to stop manufacturing the products, the company said it is concerned about the ability to get rice flour well below the FDA guidance level and Beech-Nut specifications for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.
Exposure to naturally occurring inorganic arsenic levels can be dangerous for young children.
The safety of infants and children is Jason Jacobs' top priority, said Beech-Nut vice president of food safety and quality in the recall notice. We are issuing this voluntary recall, because by routine sampling by the state of Alaska they had levels of naturally inorganic arsenic above the FDA guidance level, even though rice flower used to produce these products were tested below the FDA guidance level for inorganic arsenic.