Lead In Candy Leads to Health Warning

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Lead In Candy Leads to Health Warning

08/03/2005
California state and county health officials are warning residents about two types of imported Mexican candies found to have high levels of lead, which could cause health problems, according to the Mercury News.
The state Department of Health Services is warning consumers not to eat Dulmex Rollito de Tamarindo, a tamarind candy, and Vero Vagabundo, a hard candy lollipop with a chili dipping powder. Families with the candies should return them to the store for a refund or throw them away.

Teresa Chagoya, a Santa Clara County spokeswoman, said the candies are especially unsafe for children and expectant mothers.

``Because there's such a health risk to the development of young children and pregnant women, they should always take heed of any warnings that come out about possible toxins in anything they consume,'' Chagoya said.