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Do Not to Eat Red Vines® Black Licorice Candy, Warn Health Officials

The California Health Department on Wednesday warned consumers not to eat Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists candy, labeled ‘Best Before’ 020413, after tests conducted by CDPH found the products contained levels of lead that exceeded the state’s standards.

Consumers in possession of the candy should return the candy to the place of purchase or discard it immediately.

Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists candy is sold in a one-pound package that is light red with Red Vines® name in bold white letters. The black licorice candy shows through the package. The words ‘Black Licorice Twists’ appear towards the bottom of the package, according to a health department statement.

The candy is manufactured and distributed by American Licorice Co., Union City, California. The manufacturer has initiated a voluntary recall of the affected lot. State health officials said they are working with the manufacturer to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the market place.

According to the CDPH, the Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists candy tested contained as much as 0.33 parts per million of lead. This concentration of lead could provide up to 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving, more than double the amount recommended from all sources for children under 6 years of age.

Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten this candy should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed, cautioned health officials. Additional information, including photos of the affected product, is available on the CDPH website.

Consumers who find this candy for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 1?800-495-3232. More information about lead poisoning is available from your county childhood lead poisoning prevention program or public health department. Additional information is available on the CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention page, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Lead and Lead-Contaminated Products Web page.