Al Lundeen (916) 440-7259
Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile” and “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limon” imported from China after CDPH tests found elevated levels of lead. Recent analysis conducted by CDPH found that “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile” contained lead levels as high as 0.70 parts per million (ppm) and “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limon” contained lead levels as high as 0.42 ppm of lead. Consumption of these products could result in a lead exposure that exceeds the maximum legal limit by as much as seven times. 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.
“Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile” and “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limon” are distributed by Candy El Pecas in Chula Vista. Candy El Pecas has initiated a voluntary recall of the products and is working with businesses to ensure that the contaminated products are removed from the marketplace. Both products are salted plums packaged in 1.5 ounce clear bags. The bags have a green, white, and red label showing a picture of a boy. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately. Consumers who find these two products for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at1-800-495-3232. For more information about lead poisoning, contact your county childhood lead poisoning prevention program or public health department. Additional information is available at CDPH’s California Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch: Children at Risk page. Additional information, including photos, is available at www.cdph.ca.gov
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