Sedona AZ (September 11, 2012) - American Licorice Company of Union City, California is recalling 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists due to elevated levels of lead. Testing found lead levels in the candy of up to 13.2 micrograms per serving, exceeding state safety standards, according to the California Department of Public Health.
That recall also includes a number of other black licorice candies produced by the same company, health officials said.
Candies covered by the recall include:
- Black Licorice Bar
- Jumbo Black Licorice Hanging Bag
- Black Licorice Tray
- Black Licorice Laydown Bags
- Black Licorice Jar
- Mixed Bites Bags
- Family Mix Laydown Bags
- Snaps Hanging Bag and Theater Box
- Snaps Tin.
Red Vines brand sugar-free licorice and red flavor licorice products are not subject to the recall.
Only the one pound bag (16 oz.) of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists containing “Best Before Date” of February 4, 2013 (printed 020413) are affected by this recall.
American Licorice is notifying consumers and customers not to eat this candy.
American Licorice Company stated “some Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists contain levels of lead that could potentially cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women. American Licorice immediately segregated its entire inventory of 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists. The 16 oz. bag is red and white in color with a window in the package to display the black licorice twists.”
Consumers in possession of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists with the “Best Before Date” of 020413 should not eat the candy and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The “Best Before Date” is located in black ink on the rear of the package.
Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists should consult with their physician or health care provider to determine whether further medical testing is required.
For more information about lead poisoning, parents and caretakers should contact local childhood lead poisoning prevention programs.
American Licorice will be sending recall notices to all of its affected customers. Consumers may contact American Licorice Consumer Support at 866-442-2783 for further information.