Al Lundeen, Michael Sicilia (916) 440-7259
Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat BAVAN Brand Sugar Rewari candy imported from India, after tests conducted by CDPH found unacceptable levels of lead. The candy is also packaged under the names Sugar Redoi and Sugar Reori. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately. Recent analysis of this candy by CDPH determined that BAVAN Brand Sugar Rewari candy contained as much as 1.2 parts per million (ppm) of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated. BAVAN Brand Sugar Rewari candy is imported and distributed by Bavan Food Company in Sacramento, CA. Bavan Food Company has initiated a voluntary recall of the candy and CDPH is currently working with the distributor to ensure contaminated candies are removed from the market place. BAVAN Brand Sugar Rewari candy is sold in a 10.5-ounce, clear plastic bag with an orange border. The label on the package is orange and white with the words “BAVAN Brand Sugar Rewari (Candy) printed in black ink. Alternatively, the product may be labeled as “BAVAN Brand Sugar Reori (Candy)” or “BAVAN brand Sugar Redoi (Candy)”. The light brown and oval shaped candy is 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. Consumers who find BAVAN Brand Sugar Rewari candy 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 here.
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