05/07/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Los Angeles, CA—Liquorice and corn cob candies have both been recalled after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) found unsafe levels of lead in the products. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty. Ltd. of Australia and Richin Trading, Inc. of Alhambra, Calif. initiated the recall after CDPH testing found the presence of lead, as reported by Food Safety News.

The Yogurt-coated Soft Eating Raspberry Liquorice was recalled after CDPH testing discovered that the candy has 0.61 parts per million (micrograms per gram) of lead. Just one serving size would cause consumers to intake up to 24 micrograms of lead, four times the recommended total daily exposure level for lead. The immense amount of lead prompted Darrel Lea Chocolate Shops to subsequently issue a recall.

Richin Trading was forced to recall Codn Jelly Choice America Sweet Corn Flavour candy due to alarming levels of lead. The CDPH stated, “A recent [California Department of Public Health] analysis of this candy found as much as 0.12 parts per million (micrograms per gram) of lead. Consumers who eat a serving of the candy could ingest 6 micrograms of lead.”

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), children under the age of six should not consumer over 6.0 micrograms of lead per day through all food sources.

Consumers are advised to discard the candy if it is currently in your possession. Parents of children and expectant mothers who may have consumed the recalled candies should consult their doctor or health care provider to determine if medical testing is necessary.

Anyone who finds this candy still for sale are asked to call the CDPH Hotline at (800) 495-3232.

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