Licorice product pulled from shelves over lead levels
By Mark Astley
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21 August 2012 – American Licorice Company is recalling 16oz. packets of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists after a local authority discovered elevated levels of lead in the product.
The California-based firm initiated the recall after learning from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that some Red Vines Black Licorice Twists contained potentially hazardous levels of the heavy metal.
“American Licorice learned from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that 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," said a recall notice posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.