Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Cocon® Grape Gummy 100% candy imported from Malaysia after tests by CDPH found unacceptable levels of lead.
Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.
Cocon® Grape Gummy 100% candy is manufactured by Cocon Food Industries in Malaysia and is imported and distributed by U-Can Food Trading in Los Angeles. U-Can Food Trading has initiated a voluntarily recall of the candy and CDPH is currently working with the distributor to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the market place.
Cocon Grape Gummy 100% is sold in a brightly colored package with dark pink colored grapes on the front. The brand name Cocon® is in the top left corner. In the middle of the package the words “Grape Gummy 100%” are shown. The words “With 100% Grape Juice” appear in the lower right corner.
Recent analysis of this candy by CDPH determined that the candy contained as much as 0.19 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 to determine if medical testing is needed.
Consumers who find Cocon® Grape Gummy 100% candy for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800)495-3232.
Additional information about lead poisoning and a list of local childhood lead prevention programs is available at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/discond/Pages/CLPPBChildrenAtRisk.aspx.