Suanne Buggy or Lea Brooks, (916) 440-7259
Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Ego Hao Jin Bang candy imported from Malaysia after tests by CDPH found elevated levels of lead.
(See photos of candy.)Ego Hao Jin Bang candy, manufactured by Kee Wee Hup Kee Food Manufacture in Malaysia, is a brown-colored candy, approximately 1 ½” long by ¾” in diameter, individually wrapped in purple-reddish foil with silver ends. Approximately 45 of the foil-wrapped candies are packed into a clear plastic 4.2-ounce bag with the word EGO in pink letters in the top left corner. The words “Ego Hao Jin Bang” are printed toward the lower middle of the bag in black letters. Recent analysis of these candies by CDPH determined that Ego Hao Jin Bang candy contained as much as 0.73 ppm of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated.Consumers in possession of Ego Hao Jin Bang candy should discard them immediately. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed this candy should consult their physician or other health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed. Consumers who find Ego Hao Jin Bang candy for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH Complaint - Hotline at 1-800-4953232.For more information about lead poisoning, consumers are advised to contact their local childhood lead poisoning prevention program or local public health department. Additional information and a list of local childhood lead prevention programs is available at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/discond/Pages/CLPPBChildrenAtRisk.aspx
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