FDA Warns of Lead Contamination in Some Mexican Candy

April 12, 2004

On April 9, 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) issued a statement to warn the public about possible lead contamination of some candy imported into the U.S. from Mexico. This candy includes products with chili powder, such as chili-coated lollipops and powders mixed with salt, lemon flavor and chili seasoning. The FDA believes that this candy becomes contaminated with lead as it is being made. Tamarind candies may also be contaminated if they are sold in ceramic containers that release lead from the glaze.

Lead is toxic to many organs of the body. It is especially dangerous because it can damage the brain and peripheral nerves. Lead can affect anyone, but children are especially at risk because they are still growing rapidly.

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