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The likely source of contaminated cinnamon that caused poisoning in US toddlers has been identified as a spice grinder named Carlos Aguilera of Ecuador. The contamination, which contained extremely high levels of lead and chromium, made its way into apple cinnamon fruit pouches. So far, there have been 413 cases of poisoning across 43 US states. Ecuadorian officials identified Aguilera and reported that his business is no longer operating.
A spice grinder named Carlos Aguilera of Ecuador is the likely source of contaminated cinnamon containing extremely high levels of lead and chromium...
Austrofoods, the manufacturer of the apple cinnamon pouches, failed to conduct testing for heavy metals at any point in production. The company also had problems with pasteurization and sanitation procedures, and equipment in poor condition that could have allowed metal pieces to get into the food products. As a result, the FDA recalled the apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches sold under three brands.
According to FDA inspection documents obtained by CBS News, Austrofoods never tested its product for heavy metals at any point in production...