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Op-Ed: Lead loaded candy recall in California

By Sandy Sand     Jan 1, 2010 in Health
What a way to start the new year. One of the lead stories in the Los Angeles Daily News for Jan. 1, 2010, concerns the recall of tainted candy imported from Mexico and China.
California’s Department of Public Health warned consumers not to eat Ticorindo Candy from Mexico and Chen PiMei Candy imported from China.
The Department of Health found unacceptable levels of lead in both candies, said Mark Horton, state public health director.
Lead levels in both contained as much as .14 parts per million of lead; anything more than .10 parts per million is considered unsafe and unacceptable, Horton said.
Locally, Ticorindo is sold at Dollar Max stores and comes packaged in clear plastic with “Ticorindo” printed in bright red and yellow letters on the packages.
Likewise, Chen PiMei comes in clear plastic bags printed with a large green rectangle that contains Chinese characters and the name of the candy.
The California Department of Public Health said it is working with the distributors of the two candy brands to remove them from store shelves.
First question. Why is there any lead in any candy?
It was really hard to decide whether to list this story under the “health” category or put it in “crime,” because to allow the importation of tainted candy, any food product, medications, medication binding powders, toys or jewelry into the country is criminal.
Like terrorists who still manage to slip aboard planes with explosives in their pants or shoes, poisonous food and other toxic products still manage to sneak into the country in spite of precautions.
What’s galling and unforgivable is government officials, with full knowledge that neither Mexico nor China adhere to the same consumer safety laws that our manufacturers must follow, still allow the importation of any food product from either country.
What? We don't manufacture enough candy in this country? Is the United States so bereft of candy makers that we really must import poison?
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