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Lead Contamination Leads to a Nationwide Recall of Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries

July 19, 2022

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a nationwide recall of Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries. According to BrandStorm Inc., two lots of its organic freeze-dried blueberry pouches were recalled due to lead contamination that may be above the FDA's limits. The FDA communicated BrandStorm's recall notification stating that the recalled products were sold under the Natierra brand.

The affected products include Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries sold in 1.2-ounce packages. The recall only affects products with "best by" dates of 12/2024 and 01/2025. BrandStorm Inc. stated that the following codes had been recalled:

  • Lot 2021363-1, with a Best By Date of 12/2024; 1.2oz (34g), and a UPC of 812907011160.
  • Lot 2022026-1, with a Best By Date of 01/2025; 1.2oz (34g), and a UPC of 812907011160.

The recalled blueberries were sold in the United States via retail and online stores.

BrandStorm Inc. reported that the issue was discovered after completing lab testing in Maryland. The blueberry heavy metal report states that a product safety investigation was performed at the packing site, and lead contamination was discovered. The heavy metal reports showed that blueberry crops were not showing the presence of lead, and therefore, there was no need for batch testing. The investigation showed that the blueberries' Country of Origin was Lithuania, and aggressive lead monitoring could be necessary.

BrandStorm also stated that immediate action was necessary at the packing site to boost their food safety systems. The company stated that it would begin mandatory batch testing for heavy metals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that lead is a naturally occurring metal but also occurs due to industrial use that contributes to environmental contamination. Most uses of lead in processes and products are banned in the United States. However, lead does not disappear from the environment over time and can merge with natural levels leading to food supply contamination.  

Lead exposure is especially dangerous to children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are no safe blood lead levels in children. The CDC states that low levels of lead in blood can harm a child's ability to pay attention, intelligence, and academic achievement."

BrandStorm has advised consumers who bought the two recalled lots of Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries to throw the products into the trash and not to eat them. Refunds are available to customers at the place of purchase.

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