Bay Area Co. Recalling Lead-Tainted Candy From India

Friday, Sep 13, 2013  |  Updated 5:54 PM PDT
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Bay Area Co. Recalling Lead-Tainted Candy From India

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A Northern California importer and distributor is recalling a candy from India because it is contaminated with lead.

The California Department of Public Health says tests that it conducted show the Santos Rewadi Sugar candy contained levels of lead that exceed the state's standards.

Specially, don't eat batch number 12/030, imported from India. 

The CDPH said that batch was found to contain as much as 0.22 parts per million of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated.

Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately, according to the CDPH. 

Santos Inc. of San Leandro is recalling the candy and health officials say they're working with the company to remove the candies from stores.

Santos Rewadi Sugar candy product is sold in a seven-ounce (200g) package that is clear with a green and yellow border on each side with a red and white top banner that displays the brand name “Santos” written in yellow, and includes a picture of an elephant. The bottom of the package displays the name, weight and “product of India” in a yellow rectangle and red banner.

Santos Inc. says it is an importer, wholesaler and retailer of food products and general items.

According to its website, it was established in 1990, and sells more than 1,500 products.

The CDPH said pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten this candy should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed. Consumers who find this candy for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 1‑800-495-3232.

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