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Monday, September 10, 2012

Red Vines Black Licorice Recall Expanded, More Lead Found

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

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Haters of black licorice have even more reason to hate: A recent recall of black licorice twists from American Licorice Co. (of Red Vines fame) has been expanded to include more types of the company's black licorice.

On Friday the California Department of Public Health warned consumers not to eat Red Vines Black Licorice Twists, Family Mix, Mixed Bites and Snaps containing black licorice because of their elevated levels of lead.

Find a full list of all affected products with photos here.

An August 22 recall of the Union City-based company's black licorice twists found that 1-pound bags of the candy with an expiration date of February 4, 2013 contained as much as 0.33 parts per million of lead, and could provide 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving, according to the CDHP. To put it into perspective, the CDPH advises that children under 6 shouldn't consume more than 6 milligrams of lead from all dietary sources.

Pregnant women and parents of children under 6 who may have eaten this candy should consult their physician, says the CDPH.

Original Red Vines and sugar-free Red Vines are not included in the recall, thank god.

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