The baby food company is recalling batches with a May 1, 2022 expiration date due to higher levels of arsenic.
Beech-Nut Nutrition is issuing an involuntary recall for two batches of its Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal. The company is recalling the cereal after random sampling found levels of inorganic arsenic that were higher than recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
There are no reports of illness or adverse reactions from eating the cereal.
In addition to the recall, Beech-Nut has made the decision to discontinue the manufacture of all baby rice cereals due to the inconsistencies of arsenic in rice. In 2019, a study found high levels of arsenic in nine brands of baby cereal. Rice naturally absorbs arsenic from the environment at a rate that is 10 times higher than other types of grains. The FDA has found that even exposure to naturally occurring levels of arsenic can be dangerous for children.
"The safety of infants and children is Beech-Nut's top priority. We are issuing this voluntary recall, because we learned through routine sampling by the State of Alaska that a limited quantity of Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice Cereal products had levels of naturally-occurring inorganic arsenic above the FDA guidance level, even though the rice flour used to produce these products tested below the FDA guidance level for inorganic arsenic," said Jason Jacobs, Vice President, Food Safety and Quality.
Recalled lot numbers Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice Cereal
Beech-Nut is working with the FDA on an involuntary recall for Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice products with the following UPC, expiration, and product codes:
UPC Code# 52200034705
Expiration date: 01MAY2022
Product codes: 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX
If you purchased cereal with either of these product codes, Beech-Nut is recommending you throw away the unused portion. For information on how to get a refund, go to beechnut.com/ricecereal or call 1-866-272-9417.