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Date: 12/13/2010 

Number: 10-097 

Contact: Al Lundeen - (916) 440-7259 


California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Mark Horton today warned consumers not to eat Butter Ball candy imported from Japan after tests conducted by CDPH found unacceptable levels of lead.  Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.

Butter Ball candy is imported and distributed by Mitsuwa Corporation, located in Torrance. Mitsuwa has initiated a voluntary recall of the candy and is currently working with CDPH to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the marketplace.

Recent chemical analysis of this candy by CDPH’s Food and Drug Laboratory determined that Butter Ball candy contained as much as 0.16 parts per million of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 parts per million to be contaminated. 

Butter Ball candy is a hard, orange-colored candy packaged in a plastic bag with orange stripes across the top and bottom of the package.  The front of the package contains Japanese characters and the words “Butter Ball” and “Tasteful & Good Flavor.” The top left side of the package contains a red circle with a white bell and the word “Nisshin.”  The candies are individually wrapped and are visible through the package.

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.

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

Last modified on: 12/14/2010 9:29 AM