Food Safe Guru – Lead in Licorice & Candy – a new trend?

Posted on August 24, 2012 by


Boston, MA similar to most major cities has its share of traffic. Navigating a short distance can be a statistical nightmare. If you are a newcomer or even a seasoned Bay Stater, you have to listen to WBZ radio to get the latest traffic on the threes.

I knew about te lead problem in licorice in California, most people in Boston probably did not. The story should have been the trend of California recalling candy for lead.

Here is the info.

Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists, one pound, Best Before’ 020413

May contain lead

Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten this candy should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.

Consumers who find this candy for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 1‑800-495-3232.

This is not the first time that the California Department of Public Health has recalled candy for lead. Earlier this month, Lucky Licorice was recalled for lead.

In July 2012, Gold Plum Candy imported from Taiwan, was recalled for lead.  

In March 2012, 3 separate candy brands were recalled for lead.

Is this a trend? Was it a slow news day yesterday?


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