The baby and toddler food brand Beech-Nut Nutrition issued a voluntary recall for one lot of their Beech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Cereals and will discontinue the product going forward. "The safety of infants and children is Beech-Nut's top priority," said Jason Jacobs, vice president of food safety and quality, in a statement from the company.
The recall was issued on Tuesday after a routine sampling program found that samples from the production lot of the cereal "tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic", which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set in August 2020.
What Beech-Nut Products Were Recalled?
The recall affects Beech-Nut Stage 1 Single grain rice cereals with the product codes of 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX and an expiration date of May 1, 2022.
What Has Beech-Nut Said About the Recall?
The rice flour used in the cereal itself has been tested and confirmed as being below the FDA guidance levels, but in a statement from the company, Beech-Nut said they have decided to stop producing the cereal going forward because they are concerned about "the ability to consistently obtain rice flour well-below FDA guidance level and Beech-Nut specifications for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic."
Luckily, no illnesses connected with the recall have been reported, and no other production dates or Beech-Nut products have been affected by this recall.
If you are concerned that you may have one of the recalled items, Beech-Nut says consumers should discard the product and visit Beech-Nut Nutrition's website or call 1-866-272-9417, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for information about an exchange or refund.