An imported Mexican fruit pulp candy called Chaca Chaca Chacatrozo has high lead levels that are hazardous, and neither children nor adults should eat the candy, the California Department of Public Health has warned.
Distributors are still being identified so the candy can be removed from store shelves.
Lead can be poisonous at high levels, and even at very low levels can permanently damage the brains of fetuses and children exposed. Typically, the greatest threat of exposure comes from older homes, where cracked and peeling lead paint can produce dust that is inhaled or ingested on dirty hands. Increasingly, however, lead has been found in toys and children's products, raising concern that gifts meant to bring joy to children may instead be permanently lowering their IQ and causing other subtle but permanent damage.
Here's how the candy is described:
"Chaca Chaca Chacatrozo is a fruit pulp candy coated with a brownish-red colored salt and chili powder and is packaged in a clear plastic bag containing ten 50 grams individual candies. The net weight of the bag is 500 grams. The word 'Chacatorzo' is printed at the top and bottom of the bag in white print outlined in blue. The front of the bag contains a white circle with a picture of a red locomotive. The words 'Chaca Chaca' are printed in yellow across the locomotive."
Lead levels in the candy were as much as three times the acceptable safe limit in California.
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