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Calif. warns of contaminated Mexican candy

Posted - Mar. 19, 2004 at 2:40 p.m.



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SACRAMENTO, Mar 19, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- California consumers were warned Friday that a brand of candy imported from Mexico may contain harmful levels of lead.

The state Department of Health Services identified the candy as "Chaca Chaca," a pepper-laced confection with a picture of a locomotive on the wrapper that is sold in small grocery stores.

Recent testing by the Food and Drug Administration found enough lead in the candy to give children twice the maximum daily dose of the heavy metal than they can handle.

Lead causes potentially life-long learning and behavioral problems in both children and adults.

The CDHS recommended pregnant women and parents of children who ate Chaca Chaca bars to see a doctor right away.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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