For many today, the licorice candy root remains not only a health treatment but a daily flavored treats. So, licorice candy buffs pay attention: Red Vines black licorice candy was recalled after testing for high lead levels.
Earlier this week, the California state Department of Public Health announced the Red Vines black licorice candy tested with high levels of lead. In fact the amount of lead in the licorice products was found to be double than what experts think would be healthy for a child. The maker of Red Vines announced it was recalling the 16-ounce bags of candy with the label “Best Before 020413” that were contaminated.
“Safety is the number one priority for our company” reads a statement from the Red Vines maker. “We are taking every possible precautionary step to make this situation right, including working diligently with our retailers and public health officials in an effort to keep all Red Vines consumers as safe as possible” the company added in a statement published on its website.
“We sincerely apologize to any consumers affected by this recall” added the American Licorice Company.
According to the tests conducted by the California state Department of Public Health, the Red Vines 16-ounce bags “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” reads the department’s statement. “Children under 6 years of age should not consume more than 6.0 micrograms of lead per day from all dietary sources” advised the Department of Public Health.
A company spokesman said the number of licorice candy packets is unknown, but the company has initiated an internal investigation over the cause of the lead contamination.
So, check the back of the licorice packets you might have laying around the house. If you do find licorice candy packets that are to be recalled this is what you should do: “American Licorice is notifying consumers not to eat this candy and asking they return to their place of purchase for a full refund”.
Lead poisoning is a serious health concern. In children, even low levels of lead “have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention and academic achievement”.