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Date: 3/17/2010 

Number: 10-018 

Contact: Al Lundeen - (916) 440-7259 


Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Darrell Lea Yogurt Coated Soft Eating Raspberry Liquorice because CDPH tests found four times the recommended total daily exposure levels of lead. 

Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty. Ltd. of Australia is initiating a voluntarily recall of this liquorice. The Australian candy manufacturer is partnering with the United States distributor to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the market. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.

A recent CDPH analysis of this liquorice found as much as 0.61 parts per million (micrograms per gram) lead. Consumers who eat a serving of the candy could absorb up to 24 micrograms of lead. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended that children under age six should not consume more than 6.0 micrograms of lead each day from all food sources. 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 this liquorice 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 is available by visiting California Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.

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