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Public Alert No: 014/2022 – Recall Of All Lots Of El Chavito Saladitos Dried Salted Plums And Elchavito Saladitos Enchilados Salted Plums With Chilli By El Chavito Incorporation Due To Potential Lead Contamination

March 16, 2022,

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  has received information from US FDA on the voluntary recall of all lots of El Chavito Saladitos Dried Salted Plums and El Chavito Saladitos Enchilados Salted Plums with Chilli manufactured by El Chavito Inc. of San Diego, California due to potential contamination with lead. 

The affected product was distributed nationwide in USA through distributors to retail stores, and online orders on El Chavito website from 01/09/2019 to 02/02/2022. However, there has been no reports of illnesses to date.

BACKGROUND:

Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water. Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and age of the person exposed.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poising in children can cause learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.

Recalled Product details:

Item Description UPC Batch/Lot No Best By Date
El Chavito® Saladitos Dried Salted Plums, net wt. 1.7 oz 859470006049 All All
El Chavito® Saladitos Dried Salted Plums, net wt. 1.7 oz 850013297221 All All
El Chavito® Saladitos Enchilados Salted Plums w/Chili, net wt. 1.7 oz 859470006070 All All

Recommendation:

Consumers who have consumed this product and are experiencing any of the   symptoms listed above should report to their physician for examination.

NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers and the public to exercise caution and vigilance to avoid consumption, sale and distribution of the product  pictured above or report if found to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 or 0800-1-623322) TOLL FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or via eReporting platform available on the NAFDAC website www.nafdac.gov.ng

NAFDAC……..Customer-focused, Agency-minded!!!

Signed Management

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