Black Licorice Recall Expanded

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The California Department of Public Health has expanded its black licorice recall after determining that additional Red Vines products manufactured in a Union City production center also contain elevated amounts of lead, according to officials.

Reason for the recall: The candies are being recalled because their consumption could lead to twice the recommended childhood daily limit of lead. The source of the lead is still under investigation

Description: This recall includes Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists, Family Mix, Mixed Bites and Snaps with a “Best Before Date” of 020413

Health officials urge consumers to discard packages with this expiration date immediately. Consumers who find this candy for sale can call the health department’s Complaint Hotline at 800-495-3232.

Symptoms of lead poisoning develop over time and are not likely to be exhibited in children at this point, public health department spokesman Ralph Montano told reporters. Over time, lead poisoning may include symptoms such as hyperactivity, irritability, sleeplessness, lack of concentration, behavioral problems and learning disabilities. In more severe cases, hearing problems, headaches, muscle soreness, anemia, neurological impairments such as stumbling or loss of concentration, seizures and encephalopathy may exist.

Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten this candy should consult their health care providers to determine if medical testing is needed.

A full list of the recalled products with their pictures and labels can be found at www.cdph.ca.gov.

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