Updated October 7, 2013
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, today warned consumers not to eat three candies imported from India after tests conducted by CDPH found the products contained levels of lead that exceeded the state’s standards. Consumers in possession of these candies should discard them immediately.
The three candies are:
- Santos Rewadi Gur (7 and 14 ounce packages)
- Santos Sugar Rewadi (2 lb. package)
- Santos Sesame Candy (2 lb. package)
CDPH determined that Santos Rewadi Gur, Santos Sugar Rewadi, and Santos Sesame Candy, contained as much as 0.31 parts per million (ppm) of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated.
These candies are imported and distributed by Santos Inc., of San Leandro, California. Santos Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of the candy and is currently working to ensure the product is removed from the marketplace.
Santos Rewadi Gur and Santos Sugar Rewadi candies are sold in a clear package with a green and yellow border on each side and a red and white top banner that displays the brand name “Santos” in yellow. Santos Sesame Candy is sold in a clear package with a white and yellow label displaying “Santos Brand” in red and “Sesame Candy” in green.
Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten these candies should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.
Consumers who find any of these three candies for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 1-800-495-3232. For more information about lead poisoning, contact your county childhood lead poisoning prevention program or public health department.
Learn more at www.cdph.ca.gov
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