December 18, 2017

California DPH Says Lead Contamination in Imported Candy a Significant Problem

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a report about lead contamination in imported candy. A state law has mandated testing of those products. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives and conducted at the University of California - San Fransisco (UCSF) found that CDPH "issued more alerts for lead in candy than for the other top three sources of food-borne contamination combined." The law that mandated testing was passed in 2006. Before that time, CDPH did not test widely for lead in candy. In the six years before the law was passed, only 22% of alerts about food contamination were about lead in candy. But after that law was passed, 42% of the food contaminated alerts issued by state officials were for lead in candy. And nearly all of that … [Read more...]

Nabelsi Thyme Product Recalled for Excessive Lead Levels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert that Aroma Imports Inc., located in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, is recalling 450-gram and 4.5-kilogram packages of Nabelsi Brand Thyme. Both the FDA and the Environmental Health Protection division of the Illinois Department of Public Health found excessive levels of lead in this product during testing. According to the FDA, the calculated amount of lead contained in a 30-gram serving size of the thyme is 12,660 µg per serving. The daily limits of lead that are safe for people to consume are 6 µg per day for children, 25 µg per day for pregnant women, and 75 µg per day for healthy adults. When lead accumulates in the body over time, it can cause severe damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Although people with … [Read more...]

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