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Consumers Warned Not to Eat Hans Brand Santra Candy 

Date: 3/24/2011 

Number: NR11-016 

Contact: Al Lundeen, Ronald Owens (916) 440-7259 


California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Interim Director Dr. Howard Backer today warned consumers not to eat Hans Brand Santra Candy imported from India after tests conducted by CDPH found unacceptable levels of lead. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.

Hans Brand Santra Candy is imported and distributed by Thal Golden Spice Inc., located in the Bay Area city of Hayward.

Recent chemical analysis of this candy by CDPH determined that this product contained as much as 0.28 parts per million of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 parts per million to be contaminated. 

HANS Brand Santra CandyHans Brand Santra Candy is an orange, crescent-shaped candy packaged in clear flexible plastic. The front of the package contains a light blue label with a picture of a swan.

Lead is especially toxic to infants, young children and pregnant women. If consumers have eaten several of these candies, or if they have been eating these candies on a regular basis, they should consult with their health care provider to determine if further medical testing is needed.

Anyone finding this candy for sale should call the CDPH Hotline at (800) 495-3232. 

More information is available on the CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Page.

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