An article published in a California newspaper linking imported candies
from Mexico to abnormally high levels of lead
has caused a stir in the health community, leading one supermarket chain to pull all Mexican candies from its shelves. According to a story in the Orange County Register, which conducted its own tests, high lead levels were found in 32 percent of candies purchased by supermarkets around Southern California.
After reading the eye-opening reports, Texas supermarket chain Lopez Supermarkets pulled all Mexican candies from its shelves because it sells similar brands. According to the Register, over 100 brands of candy, the majority imported from Mexico, have tested positive for abnormal lead levels in the past 10 years but continue to be sold nationwide. The Texas health department will analyze 50 candy brands from distributors across the state.
Health officials have had their eye on Mexican candies since March 2004 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning over a Mexican candy bar known as Chaca Chaca
. Made from apple pulp and chili powder, Chaca Chaca reportedly contains three to four times the normal lead level allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Exposure to lead has been shown to cause brain
and kidney damage
, especially in children
. Lead poisoning symptoms include, among others, nausea
, and coma
. Upon discovering lead exposure, it is important to immediately seek a lead free environment and medical attention.
If you or your child have suffered an injury after ingesting candy, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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