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Beech-Nut Nutrition Recall


Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal. This recall is the result of a routine sampling by the State of Alaska. Single Grain Rice Cereal tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic set by the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2020. The rice flour used had been tested and confirmed as being below the FDA guidance level for inorganic arsenic.

The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division strongly recommends that program operators take precautions to ensure these products are not served or consumed and disposed of per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Please note that per the FDA these products are not U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods items.

The following information is directly from FDA:

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.

The specific Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice 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 through retail and online.

In addition to issuing the voluntary recall, Beech-Nut has also decided to exit the market for Beech-Nut branded Single Grain Rice Cereal. 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.

For further information on this recall, please visit the FDA News Release web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

Contact Information

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Beech-Nut Nutrition Customer and Consumer Hotline at 1-866-272-9417.

If you have any other questions regarding this subject, please contact Jeremy Partsch, Office Technician, by phone at 916-322-3005 or by email at jpartsch@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 10, 2021
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