Al Lundeen (916) 440-7259
Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Ticorindo candy imported from Mexico. CDPH tests of the candy found unacceptable levels of lead. Consumers in possession of this candy should discard it immediately.Ticorindo Candy is sold at Dollar Max Stores in Southern California. It is manufactured in Mexico by the company Pabsa and is distributed by Vernon Sales, located in the Southern California. CDPH is currently working with the distributor to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the marketplace.Ticorindo candy is packaged in clear plastic with the word TICORINDO in bright red and yellow letters. The package also has three characters at the bottom which resemble a strawberry, pineapple and tamarind, each with large white eyes and red shoes. The top of the package is red and yellow and has a picture of a bird and a parrot. The package contains 10 pieces of candy, each wrapped in packaging that resembles the main package.Recent analysis of this candy by CDPH determined that Ticorindo 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.Lead is toxic to humans, especially infants, young children and developing fetuses. Lead can result in permanent learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.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 Ticorindo 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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