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December 26, 2023

McClellan leads 15 lawmakers to call on FDA and CDC to address lead contamination in foods consumed by young children

Credit: Brunswick Times-Gazette

Letter follows reports of lead contamination in cinnamon applesauce products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Dec. 18, 2023 Congresswoman Jennifer McClellan (VA-04) led 15 House Democrats in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The lawmakers expressed serious concerns about the increasing reports of children experiencing lead poisoning due to the consumption of lead-tainted cinnamon applesauce. They called on the FDA to expedite actions to strengthen food heavy metal contamination standards and urged the CDC to ensure families are informed and can access the necessary testing and care.

The letter was signed by Representatives Alma Adams, Nanette Barragán, Yadira Caraveo, Kathy Castor, Danny Davis, Don Davis, Derek Kilmer, Seth Magaziner, Betty McCollum, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chris Pappas, Katie Porter, Shri Thanedar, David Trone, and Jennifer Wexton. 

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