A brand of baby food that's manufactured by a Minnesota-based company and sold at Walmart is part of a voluntary nationwide recall. The concern is high levels of inorganic arsenic found in test samples of the product.

At the present time, there have been no known medical issues or illness reported with the recalled product. Additionally - while high, the levels of inorganic arsenic are "in compliance with the FDA's guidelines".  That's because the "FDA has recognized that trace elements such as these are widely present in the environment, including water, soil, and food".  The recall is based off the belief that "reducing exposure to toxic elements is important to minimizing any potential long-term effects on the developing brains of infants and children".

According to details released by the United States Food and Drug Administration, Maple Island, Inc. is recalling three lots of it's Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal.  The recall affects Walmart stores nationwide as well as their online store.

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Walmart stores have been instructed to pull the product off of their shelves.  They've also put a "register block" on the product in stores and online to prevent any future sales.

Here are the specifics of the three lots that are involved in the recall.  For each of the lots, the product name is Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal, sold in 8-ounce packages.

  • Lot 21083 - UPC code #00681131082907 - with a best if used by date of JUN 24 2022
  • Lot 21084 - UPC code #00681131082907 - with a best if used by date of JUN 25 2022
  • Lot 21242 - UPC code #00681131082907 - with a best if used by date of NOV 30 2022

All of the 'best if used by' dates and product numbers can be found on the bottom left corner of the back of the Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal packaging.

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Here is an example of the front and back of the product packing provided by the manufacturer and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

Consumers who have the product in the possession that contains one of the three specific lot numbers are urged not to use or consume them.  Discard the product or return it back the Walmart from where it was purchased for a full refund.  Additional questions can be directed at the Maple Island, Inc. company hotline - 1-800-369-1022.

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