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Date: 11/3/2010 

Number: 10-082 

Contact: Al Lundeen (916) 440-7259 


Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Ego Sour Plum candy imported from China after tests conducted by CDPH found unacceptable levels of lead. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately. 

Recent analysis of this candy by CDPH determined that Ego Sour Plum candy contained as much as 0.17 parts per million (ppm) of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated. Ego Sour Plum candy is manufactured by Kee Wee Hip Kee Trading in Malaysia. Trans Asian Food Center, from Australia, which imports and distributes the candy, has initiated a voluntary recall of the candy. CDPH is currently working with the distributor to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the California marketplace.

Ego Sour Plum candy is sold in a brightly colored orange cellophane packaging with the brand name EGO at the top left corner and the word ”Sour” circled in purple with white letters. The word “Plum” is listed below in blue and the word “candy” appears in very large dark orange print. The package is clear in the center and the candy, which is individually wrapped, can be seen through the package -- each wrapped package has the words “Plum Candy” and “Ego” on it. The package contains 30 pieces of candy as stated in the lower left corner of the package.

Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten this candy should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.

Anyone finding this candy for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232. More information is available on the CDPH Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch Web page.

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