Lead Contamination Prompts Recall Of “Toxic Waste” Candy

An Indianapolis candy company issued a formal recall for its ‘Nuclear Sludge’ Chew Bars after it was found that they contain elevated levels of lead.

Elevated lead levels were detected in a recent test of a certain lot (#8288A) of the cherry flavored chew bars performed by the California Department of Public Health.

The company has imported the ‘Toxic Waste‘ brand of candies from Pakistan since 2007, and recalled all lots and all flavors of the product distributed from that time until the present.

The recalled products are identified as: Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Cherry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81430 6), Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Sour Apple Chew Bar (UPC 0 10684 81410 7), and Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Blue Raspberry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81420 7). Each chew bar has a net wt. of 0.7 oz (20 g).

Results showed that the bars contained lead at 0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm, and could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women.

Despite the company’s insistence that “no other ‘Toxic Waste’ brand products are affected by this recall,” the irony of health-threatening toxins in a candy that publicly touts its “toxicity” can’t be overlooked.

In another testament to slick marketing, the company also has an Environment page on its site, which displays the seal of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Initiative (Environmental Leader).

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thanks for the information.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Sophia Ajeto
Sophia Ajeto7 years ago


Elizabeth P.
Elizabeth P7 years ago

This is so disguising and disgraceful that parents would allow this candy to even exist. Shame on people.

Masha Samoilova
Past Member 7 years ago


Sarah M.
Sarah M7 years ago

ha! the irony!

Hope S.
Hope Sellers7 years ago

Yuck! Thanks for the post.

Sharon Schaffhauser

Living up to their name/label? How apt!

Carol Cowbrough
Carol C8 years ago