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Lead Found in Salted Plum Candy from China

Consumers are being warned not to eat “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile” and “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limon,” salted plum candy imported from China, after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), discovered elevated levels of lead in the product.  

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The CDPH analysis found that “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile” contained lead levels as high as 0.70 parts per million  (ppm) and “Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limon” contained lead levels as high as 0.42 ppm of lead.

 Consumption could result in a lead exposure exceeding the maximum legal limit by as much as seven times.  Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed the candy should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.  

Candy El Pecas in Chula Vista, which distributed the candy, has initiated a voluntary recall and is working with businesses to ensure that the contaminated products are removed from the market.  Both products are in 1.5 ounce clear bag with a green, white, and red label showing a picture of a boy.  

The candy should be discarded immediately.  Consumers who find these two products for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 1-800-495-3232.. 

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