Al Lundeen (916) 440-7259
Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Chen PiMei Candy imported from China. CDPH tests of the candy found unacceptable levels of lead. Anyone in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.Lead is toxic to humans, especially infants, young children and developing fetuses. Lead can result in permanent learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.Chen PiMei Candy is manufactured in China and imported by Next Generation Products, Inc. located in the Southern California city of Rosemead. CDPH is working with Next Generation to ensure removal of the candies from the marketplace.Chen PiMei Candy is sold in 250 gram clear plastic bags containing approximately 80 individually wrapped candies. The individual candies are wrapped in dark purple wrappers containing red and white Chinese characters and a picture of the plum fruit. The front of the plastic bag includes a large green rectangle containing Chinese characters in black and a small character in red and the name of the candy. A pink rectangle contains the importer’s name and address.Recent analysis of this candy by CDPH determined that Chen PiMei Candy contained as much as 0.14 parts per million (ppm) of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated.Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed this candy should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.Consumers who find Chen PiMei Candy for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 1-800-495-3232.For more information about lead poisoning, contact your county childhood lead poisoning prevention program or public health department. Additional information and a list of local childhood lead prevention programs is available at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/discond/Pages/CLPPBChildrenAtRisk.aspx.
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