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FDA investigates Beech-Nut recall

March 19, 2008
FDA investigates
CANAJOHARIE — The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the Canadian recall of a Beech-Nut product that was manufactured in the village.

FDA spokeswoman Kimberly Rawlings said the agency is investigating contaminated pear juice that was sold in Ontario and Quebec. Beech-Nut last week recalled the juice because it contained arsenic.

The juice was manufactured at the Canajoharie plant, said Beech-Nut spokeswoman Samara Mormar.

The juice was sold through the Loblaws chain of stores. Mormar said it will be some time before the number of recalled products is known.

“The product will have to be collected, then counted,” Mormar said.

The voluntary recall was issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaws. CFIA said the pears originated in Turkey and the concentrate was reconstituted at a plant in New Jersey.

The product was the 128 ml Beech-Nut Pear Juice from concentrate with Vitamin C added.

The juice has not yet resulted in any known injuries.

The small amount of arsenic found is most likely to have been caused accidentally, according to the CFIA.

Exposure to arsenic at low levels is not a health concern, the CFIA said.

Mormar said consumers can go to Beech-Nut’s Canadian Web site at to read more about the recall.


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