Black Licorice Twists Recalled
The Union City-based candy company that makes Red Vines is recalling its black licorice twists due to high levels of lead. The affected packages have a "best before" date of February 4th, 2013.
The California Department of Public Health found double the safe daily limit of lead in the licorice. The department started testing candy for lead in 2006, and food safety chief Pat Kennelly says the initial focus was on imported confections.
"The program was really initially set up to look at those products," Kennelly says, "but you know, out of fairness and obviously out of a concern that we ensure we're looking at all products that children are exposed to, we've continued to look at all candy products in the marketplace.
The department keeps a list of candy products with high lead levels. You can find that on our News Fix blog.