Black licorice recalled due to high lead levels

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Redvines Black Licorice

(Photo credit: American Licorice Co.)

UNION CITY, Calif. (AP) – State health officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.

The California Department of Health issued the warning Wednesday against 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label “Best Before 020413.” The manufacturer, American Licorice Co. of Union City, has issued a voluntary recall of all one-pound bags of its black licorice twists.

Officials say tests show the product contains levels of lead that are more than twice the recommended daily limit for children under 6. Authorities say pregnant women and parents of small children should contact their health care provider if they have recently consumed the tainted licorice.

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