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Candy Recalled Before Halloween

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Friday that Jigong Chayote Candy imported from China was being recalled for lead contamination. 

Tests conducted on the candy revealed lead contamination at levels as high as 0.68 parts per million (ppm).  Candy with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm are considered unsafe. 

According to CDPH, the Jigong Chayote Candy container has a copper/gold colored lid, with a
picture of a war rior, Chinese symbols, and orange fruit. The word Jigong is printed in green on a black background. Jigong Chayote Candy is imported and distributed by King Wai Trading Company, based in Union City, in the Bay Area.

Pregnant women and children are at particular risk for lead poisoning; those who may have consumed the candy should consult their health care provider. 

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