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Lead Levels Trigger Expanded Recall Of ‘Red Vines’ Black Licorice

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(courtesy CDPH)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Friday urged consumers to avoid eating a popular line of licorice candy products that may contain levels of lead exceeding state standards.

The manufacturer of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists, Family Mix, Mixed Bites and Snaps expanded its August 22 recall to the following products:

  • Black Licorice Bar, 2.5 oz.
  • Jumbo Black Licorice Hanging Bag, 8 oz.
  • Black Licorice Tray, 5 oz.
  • Black Licorice Laydown Bag, 7 oz.
  • Black Licorice Laydown Bag, 16 oz.
  • Black Licorice Jar, 4 lbs.
  • Mixed Bites Hanging Bag, 8 oz.
  • Mixed Bites Bag, 16 oz.
  • Family Mix Laydown Bag, 24 oz.
  • Family Mix Laydown Bag, 32 oz.
  • Snaps Hanging Bag, 5.5 oz.
  • Snaps Theater Box, 4.5 oz.
  • Snaps Tin, 12 oz.

The recall does not affect Red Vines® Sugar Free Black Licorice and Red Flavor Licorice products.

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.

Red Vines® Black Licorice candy products are manufactured and distributed by American Licorice Co., Union City, California. CDPH is currently working with the manufacturer to ensure that the contaminated candies are removed from the marketplace.

American Licorice Company expanded its earlier recall after additional testing of black licorice products determined that recently produced products could also contain elevated levels of lead.

Consumers who find this candy for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232.

Click here for a detailed list of the recalled products or visit the CDPH website for more info on lead poisoning.

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