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Licorice Recall Expands To More Candy

Union City-based Red Vines orders recall on other candy containing black licorice

Bay City News Service

A recall of Red Vines brand black licorice twists has been expanded to include more types of candy, state health officials said today.

The Union City-based American Licorice Co., maker of the famous Red Vines candy, issued a recall on Aug. 22 of the licorice twist candy sold in one-pound packages with an expiration date of Feb. 4, 2013.

Testing found lead levels in the candy of up to 13.2 micrograms per serving, exceeding state safety standards, according to the California Department of Public Health.

That recall was expanded today to include a number of other black licorice candies produced by the same company, health officials said.

Candies covered by the expanded recall include the Black Licorice Bar, the Jumbo Black Licorice Hanging Bag, the Black Licorice Tray, Black Licorice Laydown Bags, the Black Licorice Jar, Mixed Bites Bags, Family Mix Laydown Bags, the Snaps Hanging Bag and Theater Box and the Snaps Tin.

Red Vines brand sugar-free licorice and red flavor licorice products are not subject to the recall.

Children under 6 years of age should not consume more than 6 micrograms of lead per day from all dietary sources, according to the Monterey County Health Department.

Pregnant women are also strongly advised to avoid lead exposure.

Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed this candy should see a doctor to determine if more testing is needed, health officials said.

YoureAnIdiot September 09, 2012 at 03:07 AM
why the hell is lead in food anyways... this country has gone to the birds...
J. Conseco September 09, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Its in our food because it is a naturally ocurring element, and is used in just about every industry. Go to china and test their foods. It would be illegal to use their food stuffs as animal feed in this country.

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