Red Vines Black Licorice Twists Candy exceeded Lead Levels in California

Red Vines Black Licorice Twists candy - CDPH

(Best Syndication News) - A batch of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists candy exceeded the lead levels safety standards set by California. Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat the black licorice with the ‘Best Before’ 020413 printed on the package.

The CDPH found that the candy with the ‘Best Before’ 020413 date had 0.33 parts per million of lead. Each serving could provide up to 13.2 micrograms of lead. According to the health department, children under 6 years of age should not eat any more than 6.0 micrograms of lead from all food consumed that day.

The Red Vines Black Licorice Twists are packaged in one-pound portions. The package has the words Red Vines printed in white letters and the packaging has light red stripes surrounding the brand name. The black licorice is visible through a clear area in the packaging.

American Licorice Co., Union City, California manufactures the candy. The company has announced a voluntary recall on the lot with the above mentioned best buy date. CDPH said that they are working with the company to help make sure that the candy with high lead levels is removed from store shelves.

Consumers should not eat the recalled licorice. The health department suggests that if women and children ate the licorice they should consult a health care provider to see if lead testing is needed.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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