October 23, 2010 (San Diego) -- With Halloween and trick-or-treating just a week away, two imported candies from China that are distributed by a Chula Vista company have been found to contain high levels of lead. The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the County Health and Human Services Agency warn consumers not to eat these items and to contact County health officials if you spot these candies on store shelves.
Tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health revealed that “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile” and “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limón” contain lead levels that exceed the legal limit by as much as seven times.
“Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile” contained lead levels as high as 0.70 parts per million (ppm) and “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limón” contained lead levels as high as 0.42 (ppm), the analysis revealed.
Both candies are distributed by Candy El Pecas in Chula Vista. The company has initiated a voluntary recall of the products and DEH’s Food and Housing Division is working with businesses to ensure that the contaminated candies are not being sold.
“DEH personnel have been visiting stores and instructing owners to remove the product from the shelves,” said Jack Miller, DEH Director.
Both products are salted plums packaged in 1.5 ounce clear bags. The bags have a green, white, and red label showing a picture of a boy. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.
“Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed this candy should consult with their health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer.
Consumers who find any of these two products for sale in local stores are encouraged to call DEH at (619) 338-2283. For more information about lead poisoning, visit www.sdlead.org or call (619) 515-6694. Additional information, including photos of the candies, is available at www.cdph.ca.gov.