Lead-Contaminated Lollipops Recalled
King Midas, Inc, a California-based food distribution company, has recalled candy imported from Mexico because it contains high levels of lead. Pregnant women and children who have eaten Hola pop! Original Lollipop candy should immediately consult their doctors.
King Midas has warning stores to stop selling its caramel lollipop with a salted apricot in the center. The lollipops come in multiple fruit flavors.
Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, recently warned consumers on May 2, 2009 not to eat Hola Pop! La Original Lollipop Candy imported from Mexico after tests found unacceptable high levels of lead. The testing of the candy found that Hola Pop La Original Lollipop Candy contained as much as 0.25 parts per million of lead. California considers candies with lead levels above 0.10 parts per million to be unacceptable and contaminated.
The candy should be discarded immediately.
Consumers who find Hola Pop La Original Lollipop Candy for sale are encouraged to call the California Department of Public Health Complaint Hotline at 1-800-495-3232.
For more information about lead poisoning, please see the CDC website listed below or contact your local county childhood lead poisoning prevention program or public health department.
For more information about the recall please also see: http://ww2.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/news/Pages/NR2009-38-HolaPopLaOriginalLollipopCandy.aspx