Illinois quick hits: Children’s cinnamon applesauce recalled; hunters harvest 262 turkeys

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Children’s cinnamon applesauce recalled

The Illinois Department of Public Health is alerting consumers to an FDA recall of children’s cinnamon applesauce pouches that may contain elevated levels of lead.

At least one confirmed case in Illinois has been linked to the product, which was sold online and at chains like Schnucks and Dollar Tree under the brand names WanaBana and Schnucks.

Parents who suspect their child may have consumed a contaminated product should consult the child’s health care provider for further guidance, including whether a blood test for lead exposure may be needed.

IDNR awarded park service grant

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the National Park Service to recognize significant African American heritage properties in southern Illinois.

Illinois was one of 21 projects in 16 states and the District of Columbia to receive funding. The grant will be used to produce National Register nominations for three resources associated with Black history in southern Illinois.

Hunters harvest 262 turkeys

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 262 wild turkeys during the 2023 fall firearm turkey season, which is similar to last year’s numbers. The record harvest was set in 2005 when 1,218 birds were harvested. This year, just over 1,700 regular fall firearm season permits were sold. Fall turkey season was open in 56 of Illinois’ 102 counties. The top counties for harvest this year were Jo Daviess with 23 birds, and Marion and Williamson counties with 14 turkeys. Preliminary data show just over half of the harvest were female birds.

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