Rice Baby Cereal Sold at Walmart Recalled Due to High Arsenic Levels
Caregivers should check for Parent’s Choice rice baby cereal sold after April 2021
Baby food manufacturer Maple Island issued a nationwide recall of three lots of its 8-ounce Parent’s Choice rice baby cereal after a sample tested above the Food and Drug Administration’s guidance for inorganic arsenic, according to the FDA. The products were tested as part of a routine sampling program by the FDA. No illnesses have been reported.
Parent’s Choice rice baby cereal is sold at Walmart. The retailer said in an announcement in early October that it had pulled the recalled baby food from store shelves. And on Nov. 8, Walmart said it does not plan to restock the product.
While the recall notice says Maple Island’s tests of both the raw materials and the finished rice cereal product showed that they were “in compliance with the FDA’s guidelines,” the company said it issued the recall out of an abundance of caution.
Product recalled: Three lots of 8-ounce packages of Parent’s Choice rice baby cereal sold at Walmart after April 5, 2021. The following product information can be found on the bottom left corner on the back of the package:
• Lot 21083, with UPC Code #00681131082907 and a “best if used by” date of June 24, 2022
• Lot 21084, with UPC Code #00681131082907 and a “best if used by” date of June 25, 2022
• Lot 21242, with UPC Code #00681131082907 and a “best if used by” date of Nov. 30, 2022
The problem: The product tested above the guidance level for inorganic arsenic set by the FDA.
The fix: Return the baby food to the Walmart store where it was purchased for a full refund or toss it into the trash.
How to contact the manufacturer: Call Maple Island between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday at 800-369-1022 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated to include new information from Walmart.