Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat “Toxic Waste” brand “Nuclear Sludge Chew Bar” candy imported from Pakistan after tests conducted by CDPH’s Food and Drug Laboratory found unacceptable levels of lead. The candy comes in Cherry, Sour Apple, and Blue Raspberry flavors. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.
The chew bar candies are manufactured in Pakistan and imported and distributed by Candy Dynamics located in Indianapolis, IN. Candy Dynamics has initiated a voluntary recall of the candy and CDPH is currently working with the distributor to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the market place.
The cherry-flavored chewy candy bars are packaged in a bright red wrapper with “TOXIC WASTE” in yellow writing and “Nuclear Sludge Cherry Chew Bar” in white writing. The raspberry-flavored chewy candy bars are packaged in a bright blue wrapper with “TOXIC WASTE” in yellow writing and “Nuclear Sludge Blue Raspberry Chew Bar” in white writing. The apple-flavored chewy candy bars are packaged in a bright yellow wrapper with “TOXIC WASTE” in red writing, “Nuclear Sludge” in blue writing and “Sour Apple Chew Bar” in black writing. All packages also contain a picture of a yellow barrel with the words “Toxic Waste” on the front and green sludge coming out of the top.
Recent analysis of the cherry-flavored chewy candy by CDPH determined that the candy contained as much as 0.24 parts per million (ppm) of lead. Out of an abundance of caution, Candy Dynamics decided to recall all three flavors of the candy. 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 or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.
Consumers who find these candy products 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 and a list of local childhood lead prevention programs is available at
Product label photos are available at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm240014.htm