US food giant H.J. Heinz Co. has recalled some baby cereal in China after regulators found excessive levels of lead in some product batches, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The Pittsburgh-based firm recalled four batches of the infant cereal Heinz AD Calcium Hi-Protein Cereal in China, a spokeswoman was quoted as saying.
The raw ingredient used for the product was found to “exceed the allowable limit for lead”, Heinz said in a written statement, without elaborating.
Heinz apologized in its statement and said its other products weren’t involved. “Extensive testing confirmed that no other Heinz Baby Food varieties are affected,” it was quoted as saying.
Regulators in China’s eastern Zhejiang province said last Friday that they found “severely high levels of lead” in Heinz’s baby food. According to another statement Sunday, the problem pertains to 1,472 boxes of infant cereal, the report said.
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