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Beech-Nut Rice Infant Cereal Recalls & Discontinuing

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Infant Cereal (8 oz) with UPC Code# 52200034705. This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the State of Alaska which found that samples from that production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic set by the FDA in August 2020, though the rice flour used had been tested and confirmed as being below the FDA guidance level for inorganic arsenic.

The specific Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice (8 oz) item (UPC Code# 52200034705) being recalled has an expiration date of 01MAY2022 and product codes: 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX. The expiration date and product numbers can be found at the bottom of the Beech-Nut Single Rice Cereal canister. These specific product codes were distributed nationally both through retail and online.

Please see the attached picture that details where to find the affected lot codes on the infant cereal canister. Please share this information with all your local WIC agencies. Any WIC participants who may have purchased Beech-Nut Infant Rice Cereal (8 oz) with product codes: 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX with expiration of 01MAY2022 should discard the product. They can also call 1-866-272-9417, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., for further information on obtaining an exchange or a refund.

FDA has recognized that trace elements such as these are widely present in the environment, including water, soil and food; and has also stated that exposure to elevated levels of naturally occurring inorganic arsenic can pose a health hazard to young children.

In addition to issuing the voluntary recall, Beech-Nut has also decided to exit the market for Beech-Nut branded Single Grain Rice Cereal (8oz). Beech-Nut is concerned about the ability to consistently obtain rice flour well-below the FDA guidance level and Beech-Nut specifications for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic. While stores are expected to remove ALL Beech-Nut Rice Infant Cereal (8 oz) immediately, you can keep the UPC active until the end of the month if you choose.

Beech-Nut Multigrain Infant Cereal (8 oz), Beech-Nut Oatmeal Infant Cereal (8 oz) and Beech-Nut Organic Oatmeal Infant Cereal are not affected and will continue to remain in distribution.

For more information visit DFA: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/beech-nut-nutrition-company-issues-voluntary-recall-one-lot-beech-nut-single-grain-rice-cereal-and