October 31, 2014

Black Licorice Recalled for High Lead Content

Lucky Country Inc. of North Carolina is recalling Lot A3057 of Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice with Natural Ingredients from Costco and Smart & Final stores for elevated lead levels. The stores are located in Arizona, California, and Utah.

The licorice is packaged in 1.5 pound (680 gram) gusset bags with a zipper. The package is red, white, and black. Analysis performed by the California Department of Public Health found that the candy has lead levels as high as 0.18 parts per million, which could provide up to 7.2 micrograms of lead per serving. Do not eat this candy; return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The California Department of Public Health and the USDA are conducting this recall. For questions, call 828-428-8313 during business hours.

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