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California cites lead risk as it pulls candy from China, Mexico off shelves

January 1, 2010 |  7:49 am

California officials are working with stores and distributors to remove imported candies from shelves.

The California Department of Public Health issued a warning about Chen PiMei Candy from China and Ticorindo Candy from Mexico, saying people should not eat them.

According to the agency, the candies have unacceptable amounts of leads in them. California issued the warning after testing the candies.

California considers candy with lead levels in excess of .10 parts per million to be contaminated. The tested candies had lead levels of as much as .14 parts per million, according to the health department.

Officials hope to have the candies removed from shelves soon. Ticorindo is sold at Dollar Max, among other stores. Chen PiMei Candy has Chinese lettering on the packages.

-- Shelby Grad