Licorice candy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Union City, California-based American Licorice Co. has issued a voluntary recall of their Red Vines Black Licorice Twists product due to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) discovery of 0.33 parts per million of lead in the product. It has been reported that amount equals a whopping 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving . . . which is a level more than double the recommended amount deemed safe for children or women who are pregnant.
This Red Vines recall affects the 1 pound (16-ounce) bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists which carry the label “Best Before Date” of 020413. The “Best Before Date” can be found, in black ink, on the reverse of the product package. The California Department of Health has suggested that consumers of the product on recall should discard the black licorice, immediately. Pregnant women–as well as the parents of children–who have consumed the product are cautioned to consult with members of the medical community in order to arrange for any medical tests which might be necessary.
The rest of the article, including related agency information and telephone numbers, concludes HERE.