Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat INDY Dedos Spicy and Sour candy imported from Mexico after tests by CDPH found levels of lead that could cause health problems. Eating lead-contaminated candy is particularly harmful to infants, young children and pregnant women.
“Lead exposure, both short and long term, can be toxic, especially for infants, young children and developing fetuses,” Horton said. “Today’s warning is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of foods sold in California.”
INDY Dedos Spicy and Sour candy is distributed by Dulceria Guadalajara Inc. of Commerce, which has initiated a voluntary recall of the product. CDPH is in the process of identifying other California distributors.
Consumers in possession of Dedos Spicy and Sour candy should discard it. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed INDY Dedos Spicy and Sour candy should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.
INDY Dedos Spicy and Sour candy is a reddish brown bar of chewy candy. The candy is packaged in a clear plastic packet containing 0.7 ounces. The clear plastic packet measures at one inch wide by three and a half inches long. The plastic packet is printed with the name “INDY Dedos” in large yellow letters with a pink background. The label also has an illustrated character in the center of the plastic wrapper of a brown fox within a yellow circle wearing a brown-rimmed hat with its ears poking through the hat. The fox character is smiling and wearing a white shirt. The package label states “spicy and sour candy” in English and “dulce acidulado y picosito” in Spanish. This candy is sold in a box with plastic covering packages of 12 pieces for a gross weight of 8.4 ounce per container and has the writing of Dedos in bold pink letters with the fox and the word “INDY” appearing at the top of the box.
Recent analysis of the candy by CDPH determined that INDY Dedos contained 0.17 parts per million (ppm) of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm adulterated. This level is consistent with the guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2006 on the recommended lead level of 0.10 ppm in candy products likely to be consumed by children.
Assembly Bill 121, signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, provides additional resources for CDPH to test candy to ensure these products are not adulterated with lead and other contaminants.
For more information about lead poisoning, consumers are advised to contact their local 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
Consumers who find INDY Dedos Spicy and Sour candy for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 1-800-495-3232.
Photos of these candies are available on CDPH’s Web site: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programservices/news/Pages/Newsroom.aspx