Cinnamon Secrets: Unraveling the Lead Contamination Mystery

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Federal regulators probe lead poisoning cases in U.S. children, exploring cinnamon in applesauce pouches as the potential culprit.

In November, the FDA recalls three million pouches made in Ecuador, raising questions about the global supply chain and spice contamination.

As many as 125 children are affected, highlighting a broader gap in FDA food oversight, lacking mandatory lead testing for domestically made or imported food.

North Carolina health department investigation identifies lead poisoning, prompting advocacy for stricter regulations on lead in food and spices.

Environmental Defense Fund's Tom Neltner criticizes FDA's lack of enforceable lead limits in food, exposing a breakdown in the agency and industry.

FDA's Jim Jones suggests intentional lead contamination, sparking concerns about economically motivated adulteration in cinnamon production.

Food safety experts reveal a long-standing concern about lead in reddish-hued spices, driven by economic motives.

Testing for lead in children's blood, often triggered by poisoning cases, becomes a makeshift early warning system for lead in food.

The FDA conducts on-site inspections in Ecuador, focusing on Austrofood's manufacturing facility and collecting cinnamon samples.

Ecuadorian authorities report higher lead levels in Negasmart's cinnamon, triggering a process to determine responsibility for contamination.

Unanswered questions linger about contaminated cinnamon from other sources, urging a need for transparency and comprehensive testing.