Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat Hola Pop La Original Lollipop Candy imported from Mexico after tests by CDPH found unacceptable levels of lead. The candy should be discarded immediately.
Hola Pop La Original Lollipop Candy is manufactured by Productos Hola Del Noroeste S.A. de D.V. in Mexico and is imported and distributed by King Midas LLC in Calexico. CDPH is currently working with the distributor to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the market place.
Hola Pop La Original Lollipop Candy is sold in two different package styles. One package is a round clear plastic container with a bright yellow lid that contains 36 individually packaged lollipops. The second type of packaging is a ‘strip’ of 10 individually packaged lollipops. Both package types contain Tamarind, Orange, Strawberry and Pineapple flavors.
Recent analysis of this candy by CDPH determined that Hola Pop La Original Lollipop Candy contained as much as 0.25 parts per million (ppm) of lead. 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 Hola Pop La Original Lollipop 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 at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/discond/Pages/CLPPBChildrenAtRisk.aspx.