Blueberries recalled nationwide over high levels of lead

Blueberries recalled nationwide over high levels of lead

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BrandStorm Inc. is recalling certain Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberry pouches because of the presence or potential presence of lead above the FDA’s recommended limits.

The concern was identified during testing. An investigation was conducted by the packing site. The original heavy metal reports received for the crop year showed no presence of lead and/or cause for batch testing. After further investigation, it was found that the products’ county of origin is Lithuania and aggressive monitoring of heavy metals may be deemed necessary.

As an immediate action, the packing site is actively working to enhance food safety system by implementing mandatory batch testing for heavy metal.

The recalled products were distributed in the United States through retail and online stores services.

There is concern that consumers may have the product in their homes because of its long shelf life. Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the recalled blueberries in their homes.

Recalled products:

The recall is limited to two batches of Natierra Freeze-Dried Blueberries with the following codes Best By Date 12/2024 & 01/2025.

  • Lot 2021363-1, Best By Date: 12/2024
    • 1 serving, 1.2oz (34g), UPC 812907011160
  • Lot 2022026-1, Best By Date: 01/2025
    • 1 serving, 1.2oz (34g), UPC 812907011160

The impacted product is sold in white and blue pouch with Natierra brand and Logo. The product can be identified by checking the product name, manufacturer details and lot number on the bottom right of the pouch.

As of the posting of this recall, BrandStorm Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to use of the product. Should any consumer of this product have experienced any of the symptoms listed above, they should seek medical advice from their physician immediately.

Do not consume the product impacted. Consumers who purchased the recalled product should discard of it. Refunds are available at the location of purchase.

About lead contamination

Lead is a toxic substance present in the environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water.

Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and the age of the person exposed.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. 

A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poisoning in children can cause learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.

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