Red Vines is voluntarily recalling some of its black licorice twists after the product was found to have more than double the amount of lead recommended for pregnant women and children.
The California Department of Public Health says that pregnant women and children under 6 should consume no more than 6 micrograms of lead per day — the black licorice being recalled has a whopping 13.2 micrograms of lead.
Exposure to large amounts of lead can have serious consequences for several body systems, like kidneys, the central nervous system and the immune system. The FDA says that, for children in particular, “chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with impaired cognitive function, including reduced IQ, behavior difficulties and other problems.” More troubling still is that lead poisoning can be quite hard to detect in children.
Here’s what you need to know about the product recall:
- 1 pound (16 oz) bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists are the only product affected.
- The bags being recalled have a “Best Before Date” of 020413. You can find the best before date written in black ink on the back of the package.
- If you’ve purchased this candy, don’t eat it. You can return it to the store you purchased it from for a full refund.
- If you have any questions, you can call the company’s Consumer Response line at (866) 442-2783.
- Contact your physician if you are concerned about you or your child’s exposure to lead.