Rojas Inc. of Los Angeles, CA, is recalling plain dried salted plums in 0.5-ounce packages because of the presence of lead, which can cause developmental problems for children and other health issues for adults.

The distribution of the affected product was limited to Southern California.

Recalled products:

Plain Dried Salted Plums
net wt. 0.5oz
LUPAG 725535011337 December 2021

As of the posting of this recall, there have been no reports of illnesses.

There is concern that consumers may have the product in their homes because of potential long shelf life. Expiration dates were not included in the product description from the company.

Consumers who have purchased this product are advised to dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Another dried plum recall is underway because of lead contamination.

“Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water. Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and age of the person exposed,” according to the recall notice. 

“Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poising in children can cause: learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.”

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