Public Health Message

Date: 8-31-12
Contact: Linda Reynolds, Public Health Nurse III, 225-5176
Branch: Public Health
Warning of High Levels of Lead Found in Certain Black Licorice is a Good Reminder about the Dangers of Lead Poisoning
SHASTA COUNTY – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recall of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists candy due to the risk of exposure to lead is a good reminder of the risk of lead poisoning, especially for children.
Lead, an unsafe mineral for humans at any level, is particularly harmful for children under six years old and for unborn children. Even small amounts of lead can build up in the body over time causing lifelong learning and behavior problems. Higher amounts of lead exposure can damage the kidneys and major organs.
Children with lead poisoning usually do not look or act sick. The only way to know if your child has lead poisoning is by getting a blood test. If you suspect that your child has been exposed to lead, ask your doctor or health care provider to test your child, especially children under 6 years of age. To help prevent lead poisoning for your family, read “Simple Steps to Protect Your Child from Lead.”
CDPH is working with retailers to remove the Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists product from store shelves. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists candy, ‘Best Before 020413’ is sold in a one-pound package that is light red with Red Vines® name in bold white letters. The black licorice candy shows through the package. The words ‘Black Licorice Twists’ appear towards the bottom of the package.
Health and Human Services Agency
Shasta County
2650 Breslauer Way
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 229-8484
FAX (530) 229-8447
Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten this candy should contact their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.
Additional information, about the risk childhood lead poisoning is available on the CDPH website. For more information and referral to get tested, call Shasta County Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention program at 530-225-5176.
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