According to the FDA, tainted cinnamon applesauce pouches that have sickened scores of children in the U.S. may have been purposefully contaminated with lead.
The FDA says it currently believes the adulteration is “economically motivated.” In a situation such as this, ingredients are altered in order to make products appear higher in value. This allows companies to produce a cheaper item and sell it at an elevated price.
U.S. and Ecuadorian authorities have traced the cinnamon to a production plant in Ecuador that provides the bulk ingredients to the US food manufacturers.
The investigation is ongoing.