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Fans of black licorice should know the Red Vines brand of the sweet treat has been recalled due to concerns over lead in the candy.
Testing of black licorice made in Union City, California showed that the popular treats had elevated levels of lead. This is especially dangerous for children who are likely to be a large portion of the consumers for black licorice.
Red Vines discovered the high lead levels and issued a voluntary recall of products containing black licorice. They are working with the California Department of Public Health to remove the mixes that contain it from the market.
The recall affects Red Vines Black Licorice Twists, Family Mix, Mixed Bites and Snaps with a "Best Before 020413" label. Consumers are encouraged to discard those candies immediately, reports the San Jose Mercury.
Lead poisoning is a disease that builds up over time with repeated exposure.
Children who've eaten the contaminated candy may not show symptoms now but that doesn't make it any less dangerous. The black licorice tested has more than twice the recommended amount of lead for children.
Initiating a recall is a good first step for companies that may face products liability.
Companies that make products for public consumption, especially food, must meet state and federal regulations for product safety. Products that fail to meet those standards create potential liable for any injuries that occur.
A recall is intended to alert customers to potential danger. But it doesn't absolve the company of liability from injuries.
If you've gotten sick from black licorice or some other food that failed to meet regulations you don't have to deal with it on your own. There are attorneys who specialize in this area of law and can help you file a suit against the manufacturer.
Even if no symptoms are showing, parents of small children and pregnant women should talk to their doctor about whether testing is needed, reports the San Jose Mercury.
If you're unsure whether your black licorice is affected by the recall, check the CDC's listing. Your health isn't worth taking the risk.