How did lead get into children's applesauce packets? That's what Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is asking the Food and Drug Administration to find out. Several kids in Minnesota have been reported to suffer lead poisoning after consuming the food.

The FDA says to look out for these pouches that are sold under three different brands: Wanabana, Schnucks, and Weis.


Klobuchar met with a mother whose child was sickened from the tainted products this last weekend. According to KSTP-TV, the child was in for a routine checkup when they tested positive for high levels of lead. A couple of days later, a follow-up test still showed high levels.

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Symptoms of Lead Poisoning In Children

The Mayo Clinic says to look out for these symptoms for lead poisoning in children.

  • Developmental delay
  • Learning difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Sluggishness
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss
  • Seizures
  • Eating things like paint chips

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Lead Poisoning Symptoms in Adults

  • High blood pressure
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mood disorders
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women

Klobuchar wants the FDA and DOJ to investigate on a wider scale.

Klobuchar is calling on the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice to investigate heavy metals and baby food. She and other lawmakers asked back in December of 2023 for the investigation. She is continuing the push now a month later to see results.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.

Gallery Credit: Rachel Cavanaugh


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