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    Licorice Recall Due to High Lead Levels

    By: Sonam Vashi

    Black Licorice

    American Licorice Company is voluntary recalling one pound bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists because of high levels of lead.

    The recall only affects the one pound or 16 oz. bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists that contain a “Best Before Date” of 020413, which should be located on the back of the package in black ink. The California-based company is unable to determine exactly where the product has been distributed in the US.

    The recall was issued after the California Department of Health found that the bags of Red Vines had levels of lead as high as .33 parts per million. Per serving, the affected candy would give young children over twice the recommended daily limit for lead consumption.

    American Licorice warns its consumers not to eat the candy and asks that customers return the affected product to their place of purchase for a full refund.

    Lead poisoning can cause lasting growth, development, and behavioral problems in children. Severe cases of lead poisoning may cause seizures, paralysis, and coma.

    Pregnant women or children that may have consumed the candy should check with their health care provider to see if any medical testing is necessary. Consumers with questions can contact American Licorice Consumer Support at (866) 442-2783.


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