Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat JOVY Shaiky Pop tamarind hard candy lollipops with chili powder and INDY Cerillos Spicy & Sour Candy Lollipops-watermelon flavor, which are both 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.”
JOVY Shaiky Pop tamarind acidulated hard candy lollipops with chili powder and INDY Cerillos spicy and sour candy Lollipops – watermelon flavor are distributed by Triunfo-Mex, Inc. of City of Industry, which has initiated a voluntary recall of the products. CDPH is in the process of identifying other California distributors.
Consumers in possession of INDY Cerillos spicy and sour candy-watermelon flavor or JOVY Shaiky Pop tamarind acidulated hard candy lollipops with chili powder should discard them. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed these candies should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.
JOVY Shaiky Pop Tamarind acidulated hard candy lollipop with chili powder is packaged in a yellow plastic container, with the word “Shaiky” in bright red letters. The tamarind pop is attached to the lid of the plastic container, and when it is removed, ground chili powder for dipping the tamarind pop, can be found in the bottom of the container.
INDY Cerillos spicy and sour lollipop-watermelon flavor is packaged in a red wrapper with a large yellow circle. The words “Indy” and “Cerillos” appear in the yellow circle along with a picture of a flaming lollipop. The banner “Paleta de Dulce Acidita y Picosita Sabor Sandia”, Spicy and Sour Candy Lollypop Watermelon Flavor, appears above the yellow circle. The candy lollipop is reddish brown in color and appears to be coated with chili powder.
Recent analysis of these candies by CDPH determined that INDY Cerillos contained as much as 0.14 parts per million (ppm) of lead and JOVY Shaiky Pop contained as much as 0.11 parts per million (ppm) of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be 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 Cerillos Spicy & Sour lollipops-watermelon flavor or JOVY Shaiky Pop tamarind acidulated hard candy lollipop with chili powder 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:
Indy Cerillos Watermelon
Jovy Shaiky Pop